Third time lucky for Kenya?

By the punter
Dec 08, 2013
  • Frankie Horne scores his 50th career try against Kenya on day one of the Nelson Mandela Bay South Africa Sevens - (Photo: IRB)

Kenya and New Zealand face off in the main cup quarter final on Sunday as the third tournament of the International Rugby Board World Sevens Series ends at the Nelson Mandala Bay Cell C stadium in Port, Elizabeth.

This will be the third time the teams will be meeting in as many tournaments this season. In October, the two teams were drawn in the same pool in the opening tournament in Gold Coast, Australia with New Zealand winning 31-0. Last week in Dubai, Kenya again faced New Zealand in the same pool. New Zealand won 40-0.

In their second match, Kenya defeated Canada 24-12 to reach the main cup quarters. Leonard Mugaisi who made his debut in Dubai scored the first try for Kenya after four minutes. Biko Adema kicked over the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Just before the break, Canada levelled with a try by Harry Jones which Philip Mack converted. When Andrew Amonde was sent to the sin bin after only 53 seconds of the second half, Canada used the numerical advantage to score a try through Justin Douglas. Mack missed the conversion but Canada led 12-7.

Horace Otieno, playing in his 50th tournament levelled the scored with a try in the third minute and Adema converted for the lead to cange hands 14-12 for Kenya. They did not relinguish the lead and added two more tries through Collins Injera and Humphrey Mulama.

Kenya 7 South Africa 27

In only their second meeting since Paul Treu took over as coach, South Africa defeated Kenya 27-7. Kyle Brown opened the scores for South Africa and Branco Du Preez converted.

There were no scores for the next three minutes before Felix Ayange crossed the chalk line for Kenya and Adema added the extras to tie the game 7-7.

Substitute Philip Snyman then broke the deadlock with a try and deep inside the first half Frankie Horne went over as South Africa led 17-7.

On resumption, Horne completed his brace and Cheslin Kobe completed the rout with an unconverted try.

Kenya 28 Spain 0

Kenya got off to a flying start of the South Africa Sevens by beating a physical Spain 28-0.

In this match, Horace Otieno reached a milestone by playing his 50th tournament. He marked the occasion by scoring a try which was gifted to him by Andrew Amonde.


Collins Injera, the flying Kenyan winger who was substituted in the second half also scored his 166th try in the World Series.











Injera opened the scores and Adema converted for a 7-0 lead. 

Just before the end of the first half, Kenya won a turnover ball and Amonde scored under the posts. Adema added the extra two points for a 14-0 lead.


In the second half, Amonde won the ball and broke through only to pass to Otieno to score under the posts. The conversion by Adema stretched the lead to 21-0. Spain came back forcefully in the game but when Jaike Carter was sent to the sin bin for kicking the ball away,Ke

nya used the numerical advantage to score through Oscar Ayodi. Adema converted for a 28-0 lead.


Spain’s Ignacio Martin was also sent to the sin bin by Rhys Thomas but Kenya opted to kick the ball out for the win.


Main cup quarter finals:
Fiji v Samoa, New Zealand v Kenya, Argentina v France, South Africa v Portugal. Bowl quarter finals: Australia v Zimbabwe, Wales v Canada, England v Scotland, Spain v USA.

Results New Zealand 43 Portugal 0, Wales 26 USA 10, England 14 Samoa 24, Argentina 31 Zimbabwe 5, Fiji 26 Australia 5, Scotland 21 France 33, South Africa 24 Canada 7, Kenya 28 Spain 0, New Zealand 43 USA 7, Wales 17 Portugal 28, England 35 Zimbabwe 7, Argentina 26 Samoa 19, Fiji 27 France 7, Scotland 19 Australia 31, South Africa 38 Spain 0, Kenya 24 Canada 12, Portugal 33 USA 17, New Zealand 48 Wales 7, Samoa 43 Zimbabwe 0, Australia 12 France 19, Fiji 29 Scotland 12, Canada 12 Spain 26, South Africa 27 Kenya 7.