Ayange's brace gives Kenya's perfect start in Safari 7s

Nov 05, 2011

Reigning Safaricom Safari Sevens champions Kenya set their cup defence in motion with a superb 24-7 win over Grenoble on Saturday.

Felix Ayange’s brace, and a try each from Collins Injera and captain Sidney Ashioya gave Kenya a perfect head start on day two of the premier event at the Nyayo National stadium. 

The fast rising youngster Ayange set the ball rolling with a quick try, which was cancelled out by Raphale Eyhond.

The 22 year-old winger scored his second try that ensured Kenya take a 14-7 lead at the break.

Injera crossed over for Kenya’s third try before Ashioya rounded off the scores against the French side.

Kenya’s second team Mwamba playing without their dependable player Humprey Kayange, who had also been named in the Bristol University-where he is set to proceed for his studies, were 17-21 against the British side.

Favourites Emerging Boks made their intentions clear in their 28-24 over New Zealand’s sevens champions Auckland Vikings in their closely contested match officiated by one of the top female referee Lee Wing Yi Gabriel from Hong Kong.

Samoa’s 46-0 win over Belmonte Shore, a United States Super League Rugby Union sent them top of pool C while Spain seemingly struggling from the high altitude in the capital were 29-0 winners against Zimbabwe’s Goshawks.

“It was a good game the boys were a bit nervous at the start but they recovered well and we are taking one game at a time,” said Coach Mitch Ocholla.

Kenya next plays Rwanda who fell 24-0 to Uganda in the other Pool A match.

The opening match of the day saw Zimbabwe edge out British Army 38-0 while the Samurai convincingly beat Tanzania 64-0 in a high scoring game.

Results Day Two

Zimbabwe 38 Royal Welsh Warriors 5,Samurai 64 Tanzania 0, Samoa 46 Belmont Shore 0, Spain 29 Goshawks 0,Emerging Boks 28 Auckland Vikings 24,Bristol Uni Select 17 Mwamba 21,Kenya 26 Grenoble 7,Uganda 24 Rwanda 0.


Semi finals: Nyanza 0 Western 22, Uganda 20 Nairobi 0

Shield Final  Eastern 5 Central 25, Bowl Final Rift Valley 10 Zimbabwe 15, Plate Final  Nyanza 19 Nairobi 14.


 Evelyn Watta

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