Arithmetic could knock Kenya out of main cup quarters

By the punter
Mar 04, 2017
  • Collins Injera scored one of the tries in the match against Argentina which ended 14-14. (Photo by David Kiania)

Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas: Argentina who beat Russia 43-0 in their first Pool C match of the USA Sevens are confident of progressing to the main cup quarter final at the expense of Kenya in the USA Sevens, the fifth tournamemnt of the World Rugby Sevens World Series.

They settled for a 14-14 draw with Kenya and face New Zealand in the final Pool C match on Saturday at the Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas.

Kenya who lost the opening match against New Zealand have a monumental task of winning big against Russia to have any realistic chance of progressing to the cup quarters.

Innocent Simiyu, the Kenya coach thought Kenya should have won the match against Argentina. “I am happy the players gave it their all but for the costly mistakes,” he stated. The coach admitted a lot more needs to be done to raise the intensity through good conditioning.

“We hope to get a Strength and Conditioning coach soon. In the meantime, we have Sammy Njogu who handles the women’s team.”

Against Argentina, Kenya started well but lost possession at the first point of contact and soaked up pressure inside their 22.

When Argentina dropped the ball with the try line at their mercy from five meters out, Kenya were awarded a scrum on the five. They won the ball and Nelson Oyoo covered nearly the whole length of the field to score under the posts. Eden Agero converted for a 7-0 lead.

On resumption, a missed tackle by Bush Mwale saw Matias Osadczuk score under the posts. Gaston Revol converted to level the scores 7-7. He scored after the halftime buzzer to restore the lead 14-7.

Andrew Amonde could have scored just before the end of the half. He broke through but his pass was knocked on.

The only score in the second half was by Collins Injera who went over after receiving a pass from the deck by William Ambaka. Agero converted to level the scores 14-14.

In the final minute, Injera again broke through but his pass to Agero was knocked on.

There were no major surprises on the opening day. Hosts USA beat Samoa 26-5 and Chile 31-0 to reach the main cup quarter final. Fiji, the defending champions also saw off Japan 41-0 and battled past Scotland 24-12.

Series leaders South Africa welcomed the return of Cecil Africa by beating Canada 26-5.

Day one results

Fiji 41 Japan 0 Australia 28 Scotland 21 Argentina 43 Russia 0 New Zealand 24 Kenya 7 USA 26 Samoa 5 England 31 Chile 5 Wales 7 France 33 South Africa 26 Canada 7 Scotland 12 Fiji 24 Australia 19 Japan 12 Argentina 14 Kenya 14 New Zealand 19 Russia 5 USA 31 Chile 0 England 12 Samoa 7 Wales 21 Canada 24, South Africa v France.

Day two: Japan v Scotland, Australia v Fiji, Russia v Kenya, New Zealand v Argentina, Samoa v Chile, England v USA, France v Canada, South Africa v Wales.