Kenya and SA rivalry continues in Vegas

By the punter
Dec 09, 2013

The rivalry between Kenya and South Africa has just started. Coached by former South Africa Sevens coach Paul Treu, Kenya has been drawn in the same Pool in the fourth leg of the International Rugby Board World Sevens Series to be hosted in Las Vegas, USA in January.


It will be the third time Kenya will be meeting South Africa after facing off in Dubai and in South Africa.

Kenya’s pool in Las Vegas also has Wales and Canada. Treu’s baptism by the fire was before home fans where Kenya was humiliated 52-5 by Fiji at the South Africa Sevens.

Match commentators called it a physical mismatch as a six-man Fiji humiliated Kenya 52-5 in the Plate semi-final of the South Africa Sevens on Sunday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Cell C Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

The absence of Collins Injera in the Plate semi-final opened the floodgates and even after Fiji’s Samu Saqiwa was sent off for a dangerous tackle, Kenya were unable to use the numerical advantage to post a respectable score against the Pacific Islanders.

Out muscled

Fiji played on the face of Kenya, outmuscled the East Africans at breakdown points and increased the intensity. Kenya apparently switched off and starved of possession, they were drawn into the physical game of Fiji.

What eventually cost Kenya was the absence of a defensive pattern as Fiji broke through feeble tackles scoring some unbelievable tries by using ‘route one’ approach. The look on the face of coach Paul Treu said it all.

Kenya’s only moment was a heroic try by Horace Otieno in the second minute after Samisoni Viriviri opened the scores after only 30 seconds.

In the cup quarter final, Kenya were competitive against New Zealand losing 0-19 against a team which had beaten them 31-0 and 40-0 in earlier meetings.

South Africa rallied from 0-14 down to beat New Zealand 17-14 to win their tournament. Samoa finished third by beating Argentina 21-7 while Fiji overran France 45-19 to clinch the Plate.

England took the Bowl with a 28-19 win over Australia and Scotland narrowly beat Canada 19-12 in the Shield final.

After three tournaments, Kenya is now seventh with 32 points. New Zealand still lead the series on 58 points while South Africa eased to the second spot with 56 points. Fiji dropped to third. They have 48 points.

After three legs, there are three different winners. New Zealand won the opening tournament in Gold Coast Australia and Fiji were winners in Dubai with South Africa winning at home.

USA Sevens draw

Pool A: South Africa, Kenya, Wales, Canada.

Pool B: New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Scotland.

Pool C: Samoa, Portugal, England, Uruguay.

Pool D: Argentina, France, USA, Spain. 

Standings: New Zealand 58, South Africa 56, Fiji 48, England 40, Australia 34, Argentina 33, Kenya 32, Samoa 32, Wales 27, France 23, Portugal 19, Scotland 18, Canada 14, USA 9, Spain 4, Russia 1.

Day two results

Main cup quarter finals: Fiji 12 Samoa 28, New Zealand 19 Kenya 0, Argentina 14 France 7, South Africa 45 Portugal 0; Semi-final: Samoa 5 New Zealand 19, Argentina 0 South Africa 31; Final: New Zealand 14 South Africa 17.

Play-off: Samoa 21 Argentina 7.

Plate Semi-final: Fiji 52 Kenya 5, France 17 Portugal 12; Final: Fiji 45 France 19.

Bowl quarter finals: Australia 38 Zimbabwe 5, Wales 24 Canada 19, England 19 Scotland 7, Spain 14 USA 19; Semi-final: Australia 33 Wales 21, England 33 USA 14; Final: Australia 19 England 28.

Shield Semi-final: Zimbabwe 10 Canada 24, Scotland 33 Spain 10; Final: Canada 12 Scotland 19.