It's Kenya and Australia in Plate Semis

By the punter
Mar 23, 2014
  • Patrice Agunda tracks South Africa's Frankie Horne on the opening day of Tokyo Sevens. The Kenya Harlequin FC player kicked the ball from his try line which resulted in a try by Andrew Amonde against

Kenya will face Australia in the Plate semi-finals of the Tokyo Sevens after losing 19-43 to Fiji in the cup quarter finals.

The big loss is not reflective of the intensity and how close the match was with the lead changing thrice and the two teams tying 12-12 at halftime before Fiji stepped on the gas pedal in the second half to win.

Before the match, the commentators billed the match as a contest between two highly skilled teams and noted that Fiji had blown hot and cold in the previous tournaments.

Andrew Amonde, the Kenya captain shook hands with his Fiji opposite just as the teams waited to run on the field.

Billy Odhiambo opened the scores for Kenya in the second minute and Biko Adema converted for a 7-0 lead. Fiji exerted pressure and stole the ball from Adema for Pio Tuwai to beat Dennis Ombachi to score. Emosi Mulevoro missed the conversion.

Pinpoint kick off

The lead changed hands 12-7 when Donasio Ratabuli scored the second try for Fiji from a pinpoint kick off by Osea Kolonisau. Mulevoro was sure with the conversion.

Kenya replied just before the break when Odhiambo broke through the Fiji defence and on the tackle passed the ball backwards and luckily, the closely supporting Injera used his soccer skills to hack on and score. Adema missed the conversion for a 12-12 tie at halftime.

At half time, Paul Treu, the Kenya coach told his charges to get Fiji on the deck and recover the kick off balls. His opposite number Ben Ryan urged Fiji to keep the ball, be patient and use the wind at kick offs.

It took only 14 seconds for Fiji to break the deadlock when Tuwai caught the ball from the kickoff and set Samisoni Viriviri who raced over for a try. Mulevoro’s cnversion was wide but Fiji led 17-12.

Treu made three changes bringing in Horace Otieno, Maxwell Theuri and Oscar Ayodi. Then came a gem of a try by Kenya from a move which started deep in their try area when Patrice Agunda’s clearance was bravely chased by Oscar Ouma.

He hacked the ball on picked and on the tackle passed to Andrew Amonde to score under the posts. Adema converted to restore a narrow 19-17 lead for Kenya.

Cashed on mistskes

From then, it was a one way ticket as Fiji cashed on mistakes by Kenya to score three more tries by Vatemo Ravouvou, Setefano Cakau and Leo Naikasau. Two of these tries were converted by Mulevoro and Ravouvou.

In the other quarter final matches, New Zealand beat Australia 21-12 and England edged out Canada 14-10. South Africa were 17-12 winners over USA.

Hosts Japan scored their first win over Samoa by beating the Pacific Islanders 42-12 in the Bowl quarter finals. Scotland beat Portugal 17-12, France narrowly edged out Argentina 21-17 while Wales beat Spain 24-19.

Results

Main Cup quarter finals: New Zealand 21 Australia 12, Fiji 43 Kenya 19, England 14 Canada 10, South Africa 17 USA 12; Semi-finals: New Zealand v Fiji, England v South Africa;

Plate semi-finals: Australia v Kenya, Canada v USA;

Bowl quarter finals: Wales 24 Spain 19, Samoa 12 Japan 42, Scotland 12 Portugal 7, Argentina 17 France 21; Semi-finals: Wales v Japan, Scotland v France; Final:

Shield semi-finals: Spain 12 Samoa 24, Portugal v Argentina

Pool A: New Zealand 43 Wales 5, Canada 40 Portugal 5, New Zealand 40 Portugal 7, Canada 17 Wales 17, Wales 29 Portugal 7, New Zealand 22 Canada 17.

Pool B: South Africa 26 Kenya 12, Argentina 14 Japan 14, Argentina 7 Kenya 24, Kenya 12 Japan 7, South Africa 28 Argentina 12.

Pool C: Fiji 22 France 19, Samoa 17 USA 24, Fiji 19 USA 19, Samoa 28 France 14, France 22 USA 12, Fiji 33 Samoa 7.

Pool D: England 36 Scotland 0, Australia 28 Spain 7, England 29 Spain 0, Australia 26 Scotland 19, Scotland 24 Spain 5, England 24 Australia 21.