It was certainly a case of revenge is sweet for Kenya on Wednesday as they won out 22-0 over Ireland's Rugby Sevens squad in the 9-10th place clash at the Tokyo Stadium.

The sides had met earlier in the pool stages, with Ireland taking the win 12-7 on that occasion, but Kenya took the game head on from the start, building momentum throughout the opening half to lead 7-0 at the break.

Ireland struggled to find their rhythm in the game and another Kenyan try with three minutes remaining in the game left an uphill battle for the Irish.

The victors were on a roll though and added two more scores in quick succession to seal the win and their 9th place finish overall.

Speaking after the game, Ireland's Hugo Lennox said that the team had struggled to find their feet in the tournament.

"I think in Sevens it's so important to get out of the blocks quickly and get a bit of momentum. That’s probably something we look to implement in our game and it’s something we didn’t find all tournament, which is really disappointing."

His team-mate Byran Mollen acknowledged the disappointment while looking forward to future tournaments, when adding: "We want to show what we can do, and here we didn’t show it."

On the potential of the group of Irish players, he said: "We’ve got a really strong core group now including the lads back at home - a great squad at training, it’s just building now."