Team GB defeat Kenya 31-7 in their opening pool C match at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
Dan Bibby’s brace helped Great Britain’s men kick off their Olympic Rugby Sevens campaign with a 31-7 victory over a powerful Kenyan side.
Team GB’s skill eventually proved to be the difference between the two sides, with four tries separating the teams at the final whistle.
The Brits were pushed back towards their own try line in the opening minute of the match, but captain Tom Mitchell soon led his side forward and winger Dan Norton gave the Brits a 5-0 lead after just 90 seconds of play.
Phil Burgess, Dan Bibby and Mark Bennett all then crossed before half-time, scores which all-but secured victory for Britain in their opening group C fixture.
Kenya enjoyed a fruitful spell at the beginning of the second period, with Willie Ambaka storming to the line to score a converted consolation try for the world’s ninth ranked side, outpacing Bennett on the left wing.
But Team GB soon regained control from that moment, and Bibby scored a classy second that was again converted well after the ball was recycled superbly by his side.
Although the victory will bring optimism to supporters and players alike, Coach Simon Middleton will quickly inform his men that there are tougher tasks to come, noticeably in a New Zealand side that boasts one of the sport’s star names in Rugby World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams.
Team GB next face Japan at 21:00 GMT (09/08/16).