Scotland 7s 19, Kenya 7s 19
Scotland drew their second game of the Emirates Airline London Sevens against Kenya. With Cup qualification for day two now in the balance, head coach Stephen Gemmell said: "We made errors in areas of the game that we have worked on getting right, but the boys showed great character to come back from the position we were in [19-7 down in the second half].
Scotland drew their second game of the Emirates Airline London Sevens against Kenya.
With Cup qualification for day two now in the balance, head coach Stephen Gemmell said: “We made errors in areas of the game that we have worked on getting right, but the boys showed great character to come back from the position we were in [19-7 down in the second half].
“We’re looking forward to our next game against New Zealand, by the time we take the field against them; we’ll know exactly what we have to do in terms of qualification for tomorrow.”
Kenya knocked on their attempt at gathering the kick-off, handing a scrum to Scotland. Kenya won the ball against the head and picked away at Scotland’s defence before Sidney Ashioya crossed in the right corner only two minutes into the game. Gibson Weru Kahuthia failed to convert.
Scotland mounted a comeback and struggled to get into the game as convincingly as their earlier game against Italy.
Mark Robertson, Colin Gregor and Max Evans all had shots at taking Scotland up the left flank but they all experienced severe pressure by the Kenyan defence.
The Scots eventually had a glimmer of hope when Mike Adamson came close to the line, but a late tackle saw him spill the ball.
The result of the organised Kenyan defence meant that Scotland were soon looking at the heels of Weru Kahuthia who ran in for the Kenyans second score. He converted his own score.
A flash of terrific vision from Gregor saw him put a neat chip to Mark Robertson who was out wide in space. Robertson moved up the left wing and linked with Roddy Grant and Adamson to go under the posts virtually unchallenged. Adamson converted.
The first three minutes of the second half saw both sides tussle for possession and steal ball on numerous occasions. However, it was Kenya who got the better of the Scots, with the majority of the London crowd right behind the African nation, as Victor Sudi Simiyu crossed the line, converting himself. Scotland never gave up hope and some of their best spells of possession came in the dying minutes
As Scotland kept their cool, Ben Cairns found space and soaked in enough defenders to give Gregor space to cross the line. Adamson converted.
The Kenyans chipped ahead and the crowd were brought to the edge of their seat as two bodies were in hot pursuit, many of those behind the Africans did not expect Robertson to be the first to the ball.
The closing moments of the match were a nervy affair, more-so for the Scotland support in the stands rather than the players in the thick of it
Putting all of their bodies on the line, Scotland finally got what they had worked so hard for, as Forrest brought the scores level with the last play of the game.
Unfortunately, Adamson was unable to convert from out wide to seal the win.