Kenya sevens drop to eighth after poor Vegas showing
27 January 2014, 11:51
Nairobi - Kenya rugby sevens national team dropped to eighth on the log in the IRB world series after disappointing badly in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Kenya fell to a 35- 0 loss to Fiji in
the USA Sevens Bowl final in a match played at 12.10am Kenya time on
Monday morning. Following the result, they are now placed 8th on the
HSBC Sevens World Series log with 39 points heading into round 5 in
Wellington on 7/8 February 2014.
Here is a summary of their showing in Las Vegas.
Kenya 15 Canada 17
Kenya began their USA Sevens campaign
with a 17-15 loss to Canada in a Pool A fixture played at the Sam Boyd
Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
It was Canada who took the early
initiative with Connor Braid touching down on 55 seconds, Philip Mack
converting for a 7-0 lead. They would continue to keep possession and
went 12-0 up when John Moonlight score midway through the half, his
unconverted try making it 12-0.
Kenya struggled to get a rhythm when in
possession but would eventually put points on the board courtesy of Dan
Sikuta's unconverted effort at the stroke of half time. They went into
the breather trailing 5-12.
Head Coach Paul Treu would make a triple
substitution, throwing on Billy Odhiambo, Humphrey Kayange and Horace
Otieno for Dennis Ombachi, Dan Sikuta and Patrice Agunda. They would
however be caught napping when youngster Justin Douglas touched out
wide, making it 17-5 to Canada.
Kenya would again find themselves in
possession, Humphrey Kayange spotting the gap and cantering 20 yards to
ground the ball,this effort marking his 136th career try on the series.
Adema missed the kick as Kenya now trailed Canada 17-10. Billy Odhiambo
would score on the buzzer, Adema missing the equalizing conversion as
Canada ran off with the 17-15 result.
Kenya 21 Wales 17
Paul Treu made three changes from the
side that started against Canada introducing Horace Otieno, Humphrey
Kayange and Billy Odhiambo to the starting seven, relegating Oscar Ouma,
Dan Sikuta and Dennis Ombachi to the bench.
Otieno would get the scoring underway,
touching down with Biko Adema converting for a 7-0 lead. Rhy Jones
restored parity for the Welsh, converting Luke Morgan's try with the
scores at 7-7 after three minutes of play.
Kenya fell 12-7 behind courtesy of a
Samuel Cross try but Adema scored and converted a try to see Kenya hold a
14-12 leading going into half time.
They would be caught cold on the
restart, James Davies grounding at the corner, Wales leading 17-14 at
this point. Captain Collins Injera, Kenya's all time top try scorer
scoring his 168th try with Adema converting for a 21-17 lead. Injera
would make a try saving tackle at the death that secured the win for
Kenya 7 South Africa 19
Kenya put up a resilient showing in the
opening stages, containing the South Africans but they would fall behind
when Werner Kok touched down with Cecil Afrika converting for a 7-0
The match would remain a tight contest,
Kenya eventually cutting the deficit when skipper Collins Injera
grounded with Biko Adema converting to level the scores 7-7 at the
Second half action saw the South
Africans grow in stature, punishing Kenyan errors to seal the game
through tries from Stephan Dippennar and Seabelo Senatia's effort which
was converted by Branco du Preez, the 19-7 loss condemning Kenya to the
bowl quarter finals.
Bowl quarter final
Kenya 24 Spain 0
Leading 10-0 at the interval through
Collins Injera's 170th and Billy Odhiambo's 6th career try, Kenya added
two converted tries in the second half from Horace Otieno and debutant
Tonny Owuor, a result that secured them a bowl semi final berth against
Bowl semi final
Kenya 21 Scotland 7
Kenya would be put on the backfoot by
the Scots who pressed them when in possession and fell behind to a
converted Lee Jones try.
Dennis Ombachi, on as a second half
substitute, cut the deficit for Kenya when he scored under the posts
with Biko Adema converting to level matters at 7-7. Adema would convert
Billy Odhiambo and Collins Injera's tries to secure the result and a
final berth against Fiji, a match that they lost 35-0.
Kenya are in Pool D for the Wellington
Sevens alongside Samoa, Australia and Tonga. This tournament takes place
on 7/8 February in New Zealand.