Back to familiar grounds for Kenya 7's

By the punter
May 20, 2017
  • Rosko Speckman broke from inside his half to score the winning try for South Africa against Kenya despite a spirited chase by Nelson Oyoo. (Photo Courtesy)

Kenya had a chance to reach the cup quarter finals but a yellow card to Andrew Amonde and a missed conversion by Sam Oliech confined them to the now familiar Challenge trophy of the London Sevens.

Amonde was shown the yellow card for a high tackle while Oliech missed a kickable conversion after Nelson Oyoo scored Kenya's second try in this closely-fought match.

South Africa were reduced to six in the third minute after Siviwe Soyizwapi was sent to the naughty chair.

Kenya used the numerical advantace to score a try through Billy Odhiambo in the fourth minute despite some valiant defense by South Africa.

Ruhan Nel replied with an unconverted try for a 5-5 score at the break.

When Amonde was yellow carded in the eight minute, coach Innocent Simiyu brought in Nelson Oyoo whose first job was to chase Rosko Speckman to the tryline in the 11th minute after sustained pressure by Kenya.

Cecil Africa converted to break the deadlock.

Neil Powell made a double substitution by introducing Werner Kok and Branco Du Preez and Simiyu responded by bringing on Bush Mwale.

Oyoo scored a try in the 14th minute and Oliech missed the conversion which could have tied the scores.

The match against USA was a one way ticket with a seven-try blitz for the side coached by Mike Friday. USA led 26-0 at half-time. 

Wales 17 Kenya 28

In the match against Wales, Darwin Mukidza scored the first try in the second minute and Eden Agero converted for a 7-0 lead.

Just before the break, Derrick Mayar added the second and Agero was sure as Kenya led 14-0 at half time.

Billy Odhiambo stepped on the field for the first time in the second half but it was Wales who got the try through Owen Jenkins in the eighth minute. Ethan Davies converted to bring the match within reach.

The disciplinary record by Kenya saw Nelson Oyoo yellow carded in the eighth minute. This prompted coach Innocent Simiyu to make a double substitution bringing on Brian Tanga and Dennis Ombachi in the ninth and 10th minutes.

Ombachi extended the lead after dotting down in the 10th minute. Augustine Lugonzo converted to stretch the lead 21-7.

Fresh legs on the Welsh side, Billy McBryde, James Benjamin and Thomas Glyn Williams came on in the 10th minute while Kenya made one substitution bringing on Sam Oliech.

Oyoo made up for his earlier yellow card with a try in the 11th minute to take the game beyond reach. Oliech landed the conversion as Kenya led 28-7.

Wales had some gas in the tank and Benjamin scored a try in the 14th minute. Ethan Davies missed the conversion.

Joseph GrahamJenkins who came in on the 14th minute scored a late unconverted try. 

New Zealand and England were unbeaten in the opening day while Fiji lost to Canada in the opening match and after a defeat by New Zealand dropped to the Challenge Trophy for the first time after a mixed performance.

Hosts England will face champions South Africa in the cup quarter finals. Scotland and USA who have won at Twickenham are also in the cup quarters. 

London Sevens results

Pool A: South Africa, USA, Wales, Kenya; USA 12 Wales 28, South Africa 12 Kenya 10, USA 47 Kenya 0, South Africa 12 Wales 10, Wales 17 Kenya 28, South Africa 12 USA 24; Pool B: Scotland, France, Argentina, Russia; France 7 Argentina 35, Scotland 21 Russia 7, France 26 Russia 20, Scotland 26 Argentina 19, Argentina 26 Russia 19, Scotland 12 France 17;  Pool C: New Zealand, Fiji, Canada, Japan; Fiji 19 Canada 22, New Zealand 33 Japan 7, Fiji 61 Japan 5, New Zealand 19 Canada 14, Canada 28 Japan 14, New Zealand 27 Fiji 21; Pool D: England, Samoa, Australia, Spain; Samoa 5 Australia 34, England 28 Spain 7,  Samoa 40 Spain 7, England 19 Australia 12,  Australia 50 Spain 0, England 24 Samoa 19.  

Challenge Trophy quarter finals: Kenya v Spain, Fiji v Russia, Samoa v Wales,  France v Japan

Cup quarter finals: USA v Australia, New Zealand v Scotland, England v South Africa, Argentina v Canada.