Challenge Trophy Final: Kenya meet Australia

By the punter
Jan 29, 2017

Kenya and Australia will face off in the Challenge trophy, final of the Wellington Sevens, the third tournament of the World Rugby Sevens World Series.

The Kenyans beat the USA 19-12 while Australia saw off Wales 24-10.

Kenya 19 USA 12

Billy Odhiambo scored two tries to steer Kenya to the Challenge trophy They will play Australia in the final. 

In this match, Dan Sikuta opened the scores with a try after a powerful run as he beat Tomasin to the line.

Perry Baker replied for the USA after beating Eden Agero for pace. Madison Hughes converted for the lead to change hands 7-5 in favor of the USA at halftime.

In the second half, Odhiambo scored off an Agero pass. Agero converted as the lead changed hands for the third time 12-7 in Kenya’s favor. Odhiambo added his second to clinch the win.

The try came from a long kick from the start which bounced into touch five meters from the USA tryline. They missed the line out which fell on Kenya’s side and Odhiambo went over. Hughes scored a try after the buzzer but the result was already decided.

Kenya 24 Russia 5

Kenya beat Russia 24-5 to set up a date with the USA in the Challenge Trophy semifinals. USA edged out Japan 19-14 in the quarter finals.

In the match against Russia, Kenya weathered a stormy start before overcoming a physical Russian side who dictated the opening minutes.

They pinned Kenya in their own 22 but a solid defense kept them from the Kenya try line. Russia were awarded two penalties with the second spilled on the way to the tryline from a heavy tackle by Kenya.

From a scrum inside their five, Sam Oliech broke through, handed off one defender before racing to score under the posts for the opening try. He converted for a 7-0 lead.

There was a lull before Billy Odhiambo scored the second powering over the line from two tackles. Just before the end of this half, Nelson Oyoo drew two defenders before giving an inside pass to William Ambaka to score under the posts. Oliech missed the easy conversion as Kenya led 17-0 at halftime.

On resumption, Russia pulled one back before Dan Sikuta slipped past feeble tackles after a pass from Injera to score near the posts. Eden Agero converted for the 24-5 win.

Day two results

Cup quarter finals: England 12 Scotland 14, New Zealand 10 Fiji 26, Canada 17 Argentina 12, South Africa 45 France 0; Semifinals: Scotland v Fiji, Canada v South Africa; Final:

Playoff:

Challenge Trophy quarter finals: Kenya 24 Russia 5, USA 19 Japan 14, Wales 29 PNG 7, Australia 17 Samoa 14; Semi-finals: Kenya 19 USA 12, Wales 10 Australia 24; Final: Kenya v Australia.

13th place semifinals: Russia 15 Japan 5, PNG 7 Samoa 35; Final: Russia v Samoa

15th/16th place final: Japan v PNG.