GOLD COAST, Australia – Carlin Isles scored the USA's first try of the season, but were badly outmatched by and experienced Kenya team in Round 2 of the Gold Coast 7s.
Collins Injera opened the scoring for Kenya, capping off a movement that started when the Eagles opted to kick.
Poor defensive organization that exacerbated iffy tackle led to Oscar Ouma going over, and with their tails up, Kenya scored again soon thereafter, through Billy Odhiambo. That ended the half, with Kenya ahead 19-0.
Little good news in the second half, either, as Fulau Niua's kickoff went straight out, giving Kenya a free kick.
Brett Thompson managed to get the ball back with an interception, but he needed support, and player-coach Matt Hawkins lost the ball. Kenya countered, and Odhiambo scored his second. Injera would score his second, as well, and it wasn't until the subs came on that the USA got anything going.
Stephen Tomasin made the break to get the Eagles going and then found Carlin Isles, who broke some tackles and raced in for the try.
Overall, it was a performance where the USA did not do enough to keep the ball, and seemed unsure of what their teammates were doing on defense.
Next up, Tonga.
Tries: Injera 2, Odhiambo 2, Ouma
Convs: Adema 2, Agero