Great Britain 31-7 Kenya: Tidy start for Team GB

  • It’s Day Four of the Rugby Sevens in Rio – and our first glimpse of the men
  • Team GB defeat Kenya in their opening match of the tournament
  • Tries from Dan Norton, Phil Burgess, Dan Bibby (2) and Mark Bennett secured the win
  • The men face Japan in the evening session (9pm kick-off UK time) 
Team GB men got their Olympic campaign off to a winning start after a 31-7 victory over Kenya at the Deodoro Stadium.

First-half tries from Dan Norton, Phil Burgess, Dan Bibby and Mark Bennett as well as a Tom Mitchell conversion gave them a comfortable 24-0 lead at the break and they added one more try after the break to seal victory.

Sir Clive Woodward, who coached England to victory in the XV-a-side World Cup in 2003, told BBC Sport: “What an amazing, amazing turn up.

“How good for the Olympic sevens. Japan thoroughly deserved to win that contest and New Zealand looked absolutely shell-shocked.”

Britain face New Zealand at 16:30 on Wednesday in the final match in Pool C.

The top two sides in each of the three pools go into the quarter-finals, plus the two best third-placed teams.


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First, Dan Norton evaded Oscar Ayodi and flew down the left-wing to score before James Rodwell offloaded to send Phil Burgess in for their second, 12-0.

Captain Tom Mitchell then made a beautiful floating pass out into the hands of Dan Bibby, who finished routinely in the corner. Scotland international Mark Bennett then confidently flew down the right-wing to add a fourth try with Mitchell converting to give Team GB a 24-0 lead at the break.

Kenya came firing back with a converted try just after the restart but Bibby’s show and go allowed him to slip through the opposition defence and dot down for the final try of the match.


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