Unlucky Shujaa fall to USA at the death

USA's Joe Schroeder (second right) tries to break through Kenya's defence

USA's Joe Schroeder (second right) tries to break through Kenya's defence during their Pool 'C' rugby sevens match of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on July 26, 2021.

Photo credit: Ben Stansall | AFP 

What you need to know:

  • Speedster Carlin Isles touched down for USA in the third minute before Martin Iosefo added to his uncoverted try in the fifth minute
  • Jeffrey Oluoch levelled the game at 12-12 when he went past the try line in the 10th minute and Agero converted to give Kenya a 14-12 lead
  • Hughes landed a try at the death and his conversion ensured USA ran out 19-14 winners



In Tokyo

Kenya Sevens team Monday lost 14-19 to USA in their opening Pool 'C' match of the Tokyo Olympic Games. 

Speedster Carlin Isles touched down for USA in the third minute before Martin Iosefo added to his uncoverted try in the fifth minute. 

USA captain Martin Hughes converted Iosefo's try to hand USA a 12-0 lead but Kenya replied through Collins Injera's converted try on the brink of half-time. 

Kenya's Billy Odhiambo sprints to the try line

Kenya's Billy Odhiambo (left) sprints to the try line during their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Pool 'C' rugby sevens match against USA at the Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on July 26, 2021.


Photo credit: Joan Pereruan | Nation Media Group

Jeffrey Oluoch levelled the game at 12-12 when he went past the try line in the 10th minute and Eden Agero converted to give Kenya a 14-12 lead.

But just when Kenya looked to have done the job, Hughes landed a try at the death and his conversion ensured USA ran out 19-14 winners. 

USA's Martin Iosefo (left) tackles Kenya's Billy Odhiambo

USA's Martin Iosefo (left) tackles Kenya's Billy Odhiambo (centre) during their Pool 'C' rugby sevens match of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on July 26, 2021.

Photo credit: Joan Pereruan | Nation Media Group

Kenya next take on Pool 'C' leaders South Africa at 1pm EAT in a must-win encounter. South Africa had beaten Ireland 33-14 earlier on to move top of the group. 

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