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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. 

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 lead. 

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 interval.

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 Scotland.

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.

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