Kenya storm Challenge Trophy final in Hong Kong

By the punter
Apr 09, 2017
  • Kenya reached the final of the Challenge Trophy after beating Russia 24-5. (Photo Courtesy)

A vintage try by Brian Tanga summarized Kenya’s attitude and big 24-5 win over a very solid Russian side 24-5 to reach the Challenge Trophy final of the Hong Kong Sevens.

The try was crafted out of nothing when Andrew Amonde won a turnover ball near his try line and set Frank Wanyama who darted towards opposite try line.

On the tackle, Wanyama offloaded the ball and Brian Tanga was the final recipient.

Wanyama scored a try by dragging his opponent over the line.

In this match, perhaps the best Kenya has played in recent times, Billy Odhiambo opened the scoring in the second minute exploiting a numerical advantage after V. Zhiyatov was sent to the sin bin.

Sam Oliech added the conversion for a 7-0 lead. Then came the gem of a try by Tanga in the fourth minute as Kenya matched Russia’s physicality and spread the ball wide making minimal mistakes.

It was Wanyama’s turn to power over the line in the sixth minute as Kenya led 17-0 at halftime.

At the start of the second half, Bush Mwale and Augustine Lugonzo came on but it was Dennis Ombachi who ran on the outside to score between the sticks. Oliech converted to extend the lead 24-0.

Kaplin scored a consolation try for Russia in the 15th minute.

Kenya 24 Japan 14

Kenya booked a date with Russia in the Challenge Trophy semi-final after rallying from 7-12 down to beat Japan 24-17 in the quarter final of the Hong Kong Sevens.

Augustine Lugonzo opened the scores after Kenya were awarded two successive penalties and Sam Oliech converted for a 7-0 lead.

But, Japan were back on level terms with a converted try by Kaemeli Soejima after several missed tackles. J

ust before the break, Japan led from a try by Rikiya Oishi after a good run by Soejima.

Second half substitute, Bush Mwale sold a huge dummy to the Japanese and strode under the sticks. Oliech added the extras for the lead to change hands for the third time.

In this half, Kenya were more composed and committed less errors.

Oliech scored the third try for Kenya at the right hand corner and stood still in celebration. He missed the conversion as Kenya led 19-12.

Dai Ozawa pulled back one for Japan to narrow the gap 19-17 in Kenya’s favor before a characteristic run by Frank Wanyama saw him dive over for the 24-17 win after Soejima was sent to the naughty chair.

Challenge Trophy quarterfinals: Samoa 21 Scotland 26, Wales 21 France 28, Russia 43 South Korea 0, Kenya 24 Japan 17; Semi-finals: Scotland 21 France 19, Russia 5 Kenya 24; Final: Scotland v Kenya.

Samoa 12 Wales 26, South Korea 7 Japan 36; Wales v Japan

Cup quarters: Australia 21 Argentina 12, Fiji 29 Canada 12, England 7 USA 27, New Zealand 19 South Africa 21; Semi-final: Australia 12 Fiji 33, USA v South Africa

Fifth/Sixth playoff: Argentina 21 Canada 19, England 7 New Zealand 21; Final:  Argentina v New Zealand.