Kenya 7s Beat Uganda In Commonwealth Games Opener

Kenya led 17-7 at halftime thanks to tries from Johnstone Olindi, Herman Humwa, and Billy Odhiambo. Olindi completed one conversion.

Kenya Sevens defeated Uganda 27-14 in their opening match of the Commonwealth Games sevens rugby on Friday at Coventry Stadium.

Kenya led 17-7 at halftime thanks to tries from Johnstone Olindi, Herman Humwa, and Billy Odhiambo. Olindi completed one conversion.

Timothy Kisaga broke away from center field to give Uganda their first try.

Then, on the right wing, Philip Wokorach sliced through to cut Uganda’s deficit to 17-14.

Olindi would score his second try before Kenya’s final try was scored by Kevin Wekesa.

Shujaa started well, according to head coach Damian McGrath, but excitement crept in during the second half, causing the game to end scrappily.

“Uganda have been building for a long time but again a win is a win. We pray that we pull through without injuries on the opening day,” said McGrath, adding that every game comes with pressure.

“We expect tough moments against Jamaica and Australia, who are currently playing top class game,” said McGrath.

With Uganda reduced to six men after Ian Munyani was sent off for indiscipline, Herman Humwa extended Kenya’s lead to 12-0 with a center post try converted by Anthony Omondi.

After picking up the ball from the ruck, Olympian Billy Odhiambo went on a sprint through the midfield before touching down for a 17-0 lead.

Uganda were reduced to six men again in the second half after Adrian Kisito was sent off.

Olindi took advantage of the numerical advantage right away, scoring Kenya’s fourth try before Kevin Wekesa came off the bench to seal the 27-14 victory.

Kenya will return to the field today at 8:58 p.m. against Jamaica before concluding their pool play on Saturday at 12:50 p.m. against Australia.