. . Kenya 7s wins Bronze at Edmonton 7s, Canada on Sun 26 Sept 2021
Edmonton 7s: Bronze for Kenya
By Patrick Korir | Mon 27 Sep, 2021 08:35

Kenya had a podium finish at Edmonton 7s, after seeing off the hosts Canada 33-14 in the losers final on Sunday 26 September 2021 at the Commonwealth Stadium.

Kenya was up 14-0 up off tries by Nelson Oyoo and Alvin Otieno, both converted by Levy Amunga but went to the break with a 14-7 lead after Canada responded with a Jake Thiel try converted by Brennig Prevost.

The hosts leveled it 14-14 with an Alex Russell try spruced up by Prevost conversion to create nervy moments but a Willy Ambaka try, booted in by Amunga, had Kenya 7s up 21-14.

Alvin Otieno would then complete his brace to stretch it to 26-14 before Billy Odhiambo, featuring in his 50th tournament, rounding up the final touchdown that he converted for the final 33-14 scoreline.

Semis loss

For a place in the Bronze contest, Kenya lost 33-7 to eventual Edmonton 7s winners South Africa in the semis.

Tries by Muller du Plessis and a brace by Siviwe Soyizwapi, the first two converted by Ronald Brown, had Blitzbokke lead 19-0.

Kenya responded through Jeff Oluoch, a try converted by Amunga, for a 19-7 score at halftime.

Two further tries in the second half by Muller du Plessis and Ronald Brown, both converted by the latter, sealed the 33-7 scores.

South Africa wins it, Kenya 3rd

South Africa went on to beat Great Britain 24-12 in the final to win the event and the 2021 HSBC World Sevens Series with 40 points, their fourth overall title. 

In making the semis, Kenya ended the season placed third with 34 points, same as Edmonton 7s finalists Great Britain who ended up second. 

Pool B games

Kenya started Edmonton 7s on the high of a 38-5 dispatch of Chile in Pool B on Saturday then followed it up with a 26-12 win over Spain to earn a place in the quarters.

Kenya was up 19-0 at halftime off three tries by Nelson Oyoo and a brace from Willy Ambaka. Daniel Taabu and Mark Kwemoi added two conversions.

A Felipe Brangier try for Chile had the scores at 19-5 which spurred Kenya to race to the win with further tries by Mark Kwemoi, Alvin Marube, and Timothy Mmasi. Amunga and KWemoi added the conversions.

Against Spain, Kenya 7s went up 19-5 at halftime off tries Nelson Oyoo, Billy Odhiambo, and Mark Kwemoi who completed his brace with the only try in the second half. Levy Amunga booted in three of the four tries.

Alberto Carmona responded to Oyoo's opening try with an unconverted try as Andres Arnau canceled out Kwemoi's third try. Juan Martinez added the conversion.

In the final pool game, Kenya went down 19-14 to USA after trailing 12-0 at halftime.

Tries by Malacchi Esdale converted by Naima Fuala'au, and Kevon Williams had the Eagles flying.

Nelson Oyoo and Billy Odhiambo's tries plus add-ons from Levy Amunga had Kenya up 14-12 in the second half but a late Martin Iosefo try converted by Jerome Nale saw the USA coast to the win.

Quarterfinal triumph 

In the quarters, Kenya hit Germany 24-17 to book South Africa in the semis.

A brace of tries by Jeff Oluoch and Alvin Otieno, plus two conversions by Amunga, had Kenya up 19-0 at halftime.

A Carlos Soteras Merz try, converted by Fabian Heimpel, saw Germany reduce the gap to 19-7.

Alvin Otieno completed his brace thereafter with an unconverted try before Germany had a late rally with unconverted tries by Tim Lichtenberg and Phil Szczesny.

Patrick Korir
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