GOLD COAST, Australia – Carlin Isles scored the Men’s Eagles Sevens’ first try of Gold Coast Sevens, but Kenya still came away with the 31-5 win.
Head Coach Matt Hawkins named the same roster as the first match against New Zealand, with Nick Edwards captaining the team again.
The Eagles took control of the kick off and Jack Halalilo made a run before kicking the ball downfield. Kenya then moved the ball into Eagles territory and Brett Thompson took down an attacker, but Collins Injera still managed to find the try zone. Biko Adema kicked the conversion for an early 7-0 lead.
The Eagles committed a penalty in the ruck in the third minute and Kenya took advantage of weak tackling to score another try, this time through Oscar Ouma. Adema converted again and the Eagles found themselves down 0-14 with 10 minutes remaining.
Folau Niua and Edwards saved another try in the final minute of the half with Kenya threatening near the corner, but another Eagles penalty gave Kenya a second chance. Kenya moved the ball quickly to the opposite side of the field and Tai Enosa tackled Billy Odhiambo in the try zone, though the referee awarded the try.
The Eagles went into the half down 0-19 for the second consecutive match. A win would give the Eagles a chance to qualify for the Cup Quarterfinals, but a loss – and Kenya’s second win - would send them to the Bowl Quarterfinals.
The second-half restart from Niua went into touch and Kenya quickly put it back into play, but Thompson picked off a stray pass to regain possession. After a few phases, Hawkins lost the ball forward and Odhiabmbo scored his second try of the match.
In the 13th minute, Kenya won a scrum in Eagles territory and moved the ball wide for Injera to beat newly-subbed Carlin Isles into the try zone for a 31-0 lead after Eden Agero’s conversion.
Isles was joined by Miles Craigwell, Stephen Tomasin and Ryan Matyas as late substitutions, and Tomasin helped the Eagles score their first try of the tournament. Tomasin broke through into scoring territory and found Isles wide, and the Olympic sprinter showed not only his speed but his strength to break a few tackles and make it into the try zone. Though he was taken down, the referee discussed the play with his assistants and awarded the try.
The Eagles face Tonga in the final Pool A match Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3:02 A.M. ET. With two losses each, the Eagles and Tonga will fight for seeding in the Bowl competition. Follow @USARugby on Twitter for live updates during the match.
Men's Eagles Sevens | v. Kenya
1. Carlin Isles
2. Pat Blair
3. Matt Hawkins
4. Ryan Matyas
5. Zack Test
6. Brett Thompson
7. Folau Niua
8. Jack Halalilo
9. Miles Craigwell
10. Tai Enosa
11. Nick Edwards
12. Stephen Tomasin
Men's Eagles Sevens | Gold Coast Sevens
v. Tonga - Saturday, October 12 - 3:02 A.M. ET
Men's Ealges Sevens | 5