Kenya 7s To Open Sydney 7s Against England

HSBC World Rugby Sevens series have released the fixtures for the fourth round of the 2016/2017 season, Sydney 7s, set for Feb 4, 2017 in Australia.

Apart from chasing first Cup win of the season, much is at stake for Kenya Sevens as Willy Ambaka, Billy Odhiambo and Collins Injera are chasing records despite pressure from opponents.

Kenya is in pool A with Wellington 7s champions South Africa, Cape Town 7s champions England and struggling Japan 7s.

Sammy Oliech breaks the line against Russia during the HSBC Wellington Sevens on 29 January 2017, round three of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17. Photo: Michael Lee KLC fotos/World Rugby

Fiji, Wellington and Dubai 7s runners up, are in pool B with France, Wales and Samoa as Scotland, Sydney 7s defending champions New Zealand, hosts Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) clash in pool C.

Canada, who had an impressive outing in Wellington reaching the last four, headline pool D where they will play Argentina, Mike Friday’s USA and Russia.

Sydney 7s pooling. Photo Credit: World Rugby 

Kenya’s first match will be at 2.58am on Saturday against England days after the Innocent Simiyu boys lost 31-12 to the European side in Wellington 7s group stage.

The second match for Shujaa will be at 7:15 am against the hot blazing South Africa who were unbeaten in Wellington and conceded only four tries in the entire weekend. The last time Kenya beat Blitzboks was during the 2016’s Cape Town 7s.

Kenya will conclude Sydney 7s pool matches at 11.51am against Japan who have performed below par in the 2016/2017 season. They are currently sitting 16th with three points, one point below Uganda, a non-core team.

Action on day two starts at 02:30 am with the challenge trophy quarter finals before Cup quarters start at 03:58 am.

Mwamba’s Billy Odhiambo will be looking to open a gap in Sydney as the overall best HSBC World Sevens Series performer following a run of impressive statistics in Wellington where he overtook England’s Dan Norton.

Odhiambo leads the way with a total of 134 points from 32 tackles, 20 breaks, 14 offloads and a record 68 carries.

Injera will also be looking to extend his tally as the all-time leading try scorer after touching down only twice this season compared to Norton’s, who is behind Injera, 19.

Sydney 7s pools
Pool A: South Africa, England, Kenya, Japan
Pool B: Fiji, France, Wales, Samoa
Pool C: Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, PNG
Pool D: Canada, Argentina, USA, Russia

Sydney 7s fixtures
Argentina vs USA 01:30am
Canada vs Russia 01:53am
France vs Wales 02:14
Fiji vs Samoa 02:36
England vs Kenya 02:58am
South Africa vs Japan 03:20am
New Zealand vs Australia 03:42am
Scotland vs Papua New Guinea 04:04am

Argentina vs Russia 04:36am
Canada vs USA 04:58
France vs Samoa 05:20am
Fiji vs Wales 05:42am
England vs Japan 06:53am
South Africa vs Kenya 07:15am
New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea 07:37
Scotland vs Australia 07:59am

USA vs Russia 10:23am
Canada vs Argentina 10:45am
Wales vs Samoa 11:07am
Fiji vs France 11:29am
Kenya vs Japan 11:51am
South Africa vs England 12:13pm
Australia vs Papua New Guinea 12:35
Scotland vs New Zealand 12:57pm

 

Featured Image: Michael Lee @ KLC fotos/World Rugby

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