Kenya face Portugal in Gold Coast 7’s Bowl quarters

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Oct 11, 2014

The new-look Kenya Sevens side blew hot and cold on the opening day of Gold Coast Sevens, the first tournament of the International Rugby Board Sevens World Series.

There were flashes of brilliance and grit but this is clearly a work in progress. The big stage can sometimes be intimidating and missed chances are costly.

This is what happened in the last match where an African duel with South Africa turned out to be In this match, Steven Hunt scored three tries and Seabelo Senatla two to steer South Africa to a 45-0 win and top Pool B.

The first try by Senatla was a turnover ball after Bush Mwale was tackled by Cecil Afrika. Kenya barely settled and the second try was another mistake when one of the players in an effort to clear the ball ended delivering a rushed pass which did not reach his team-mate.

South Africa gained confidence and dominated their opponents scoring at will.

The confidence in the Kenya team was boosted with a big win over debutants American Samoa and an energy-sapping second match against Wales appeared to have knocked the wind out of Kenya.

In this match, Kenya bounced back from 0-17 down to briefly lead 19-17.  Before Wales scored a try in stoppage time.

On Sunday, Kenya will face Portugal in the Bowl quarterfinals. A win could see them face off with either USA or Japan.

The cup quarter finals has an interesting matchup between New Zealand and England while Fiji play wales. A win for New Zealand and Fiji will see the two sides meet barely one week after they faced off in the final of Oceania Sevens.

Wales joined South Africa in the quarter finals after beating Kenya 24-19 and American Samoa, appearing in their first-ever Gold Coast Sevens, 36-0 with Tom Williams scoring three of their tries.

In the lower half, Argentina plays Samoa and South Africa face Australia.

Gold Coast, Cup Quarters: New Zealand v England, Fiji v Wales, South Africa v Argentina, South Africa v Australia.

Bowl quarters: France v Canada, Scotland v American Samoa, USA v Japan, Kenya v Portugal.

Results

Pool A: New Zealand, Samoa, France, Japan. New Zealand 36 France 7, Samoa 40 Japan 14, New Zealand 59 Japan 0, Samoa 19 France 12, France 33 Japan 14, New Zealand 28 Samoa 17.

Pool B: South Africa, Kenya, Wales, American Samoa. South Africa 19 Wales 12, Kenya 42 American Samoa 0, South Africa 46 American Samoa 0, Kenya 19 Wales 24, Wales 36 American Samoa 0, South Africa 45 Kenya 0.

Pool C: Fiji, Australia, Scotland, Portugal. Fiji 40 Scotland 7, Australia 29 Portugal 0, Fiji 38 Portugal 0, Australia 24 Scotland 14, Scotland 21 Portugal 21, Fiji 35 Australia 12.

Pool D: England, Canada, Argentina, United States. England 19 Argentina 21, Canada 15 United States 17, England 14 United States 7, Canada 12 Argentina 14, Argentina 26 United States 12, England 19 Canada 12.