Kenya Face Wales in Plate Semis

Feb 12, 2012
  • England captain gets the ball away in his team's 7-7 draw with Kenya on day two at the USA Sevens. (Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima)

Kenya will face Wales, the Rugby World Cup Sevens champions in the Plate semi-final of the USA Sevens, the fifth in the nine-leg International Rugby Board HSBC World Sevens Series.

This is the second time the two teams will be meeting in as many weeks. Last week, they met in the Bowl semi-final in Wellington, New Zealand and Kenya won 17-7.

The three-day tournament comes to a climax on Sunday at the Sam Boys Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kenya put up a spirited effort on the second day holding England 7-7 in the last Pool D match to top the pool and qualify for the main cup quarter final.

Their progress to the main cup semi-finals was checked by a gritty Samoa who won 19-14. Kenya put up a spirited effort against Samoa narrowly losing 14-19 in the main cup quarter final. Sidney Ashioya was sent to the sin bin in the fourth minute and Samoa used the numerical advantage to score through Alafoti Fa’Osiliva. Uale Mai converted.

In the sixth minute, Humphrey Kayange crossed the chalk line and Asego converted to level the scores 7-7.

Just before the break, Fa’Osiliva went over for his second and Tom Iosefo slotted the extra points for a 14-7 lead at half time. On Resumption, it was Fa’Osiliva who completed his hattrick to stretch the lead to 19-7.

But Oscar Ouma brought the scores close crossing the line in the third minute of the second half and Asego was sure with the conversion. Samoa played a defensive game to go through to the main cup semis and set a date with South Africa.

The Lavin Asego magic and a heroic defensive play saw Kenya hold England to a 7-7 draw to top Pool D and book a date with Samoa in the main cup quarter finals. The Mwamba fly half split the England defence to sprint to the try line and convert in the fourth minute.

England substitute Tom Mitchell who came in at the end of the first half replied for England in the second minute of the second half.

Barely after the re-start, Fijian referee James Bulabiu surprisingly showed Kenya’s Oscar Ouma a yellow card. England used the numerical advantage to score but were unable to add any more points with Ouma still out.

Kenya defended ferociously. Bulabiu has been in charge of crucial Kenya matches and has dished out yellow cards to Kenya. Former coach Benjamin Ayimba was always vocal about the way referees gave fifty fifty calls against Kenya.

This time, even the commentators on NBC TV felt that Ouma’s card was not warranted. It was also strange to see Dan Norton fielded after getting a red card on the opening day in the match against Scotland.

Main Cup quarter finals: New Zealand 12 England 7, South Africa 24 Argentina 5, Kenya 14 Samoa 19, Fiji 12 Wales 5; Semi-finals: New Zealand v South Africa, Samoa v Fiji. Plate semi-finals: England v Argentina, Kenya v Wales Bowl quarter finals: Australia 50 Brazil 0, France 5 USA 21, Scotland 14 Japan 15, Canada 29 Uruguay 0; Semi-finals: Australia v USA, Japan v Canada; Final: Shield semi-finals: Brazil v France, Scotland v Uruguay; Final: Pool results Pool A: New Zealand 31 Australia 5, Samoa 33 Japan 0, New Zealand 42 Japan 5, Samoa 19 Australia 15, Australia 10 Japan 7, New Zealand 12 Samoa 5. Pool B: Fiji 14 Argentina 12, Canada 19 USA 12, Fiji 33 USA 19, Canada 12 Argentina 19, Fiji 19 Canada 10, Argentina 14 USA 12. Pool C: France 12 Wales 14, South Africa 35 Uruguay 0, France 21 Uruguay 19, South Africa 29 Wales 12, Wales 28 Uruguay 7, France 5 South Africa 33. Pool D: Kenya 17 Scotland 14, England 29 Brazil 5, Kenya 38 Brazil 0, England 12 Scotland 7, Scotland 33 Brazil 5, Kenya 7 England 7.

 

 Eric Odanga

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