Kenya left with uphill task in Hong Kong

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Apr 08, 2017

Kenya has an uphill task when play resumes at the Hong Kong Sevens on Saturday morning.

On the opening day, Kenya narrowly lost 14-17 to Canada after coming from twice down.

Andrew Amonde, the Kenya Sevens captain summed up the loss but remained optimistic for a win against Series leaders South Africa and France.

“We started slow, we didn’t take our chances in the first half when we had them. We came back in the second half but were just not able to kill off the game. We felt hard done by the last minute penalty."

"Despite that, we still have a chance to get into the cup quarters. We must focus on beating South Africa and France tomorrow,” Amonde said in an interview with KRU.

Canada opened the account through Luke McClosekey's converted try at half time.

On resumption, Dennis Ombachi, in his first appearance of the season, responded with Sammy Oliech converting to tie the scores 7-7.

The lead changed hands when Harry Jones broke the deadlock with another converted try for Canada.

But, Nelson Oyoo raced under the posts and Oliech converted to tie the scores 14-14 for the second time.

With the hooter gone, Canada forced Kenya into errors and Nathan Hirayama drilled over a rare drop goal to seal the win.