Uganda in Kenya's path to cup quarter final

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Dec 01, 2017
  • Collins Injera scored a classic try against Canada in the opening match of the World Rugby Sevens World Series. (SNA. File Photo)

Kenya's qualification to the main cup of Dubai Sevens, the opening tournament of the World Rugby Sevens World Series is in their hands as much as in the hands of South Africa, the Series defending champions.

To proceed to the main cup quarters, Kenya must beat Uganda and hope that South Africa defeat Canada in Pool A which has seen a rivalry in an African Derby.

Kenya opened up their campaign with a convincing 29-15 win over Canada.

It was Canada who scored first through Nathan Hirayama  from a penalty.

Sammy Oliech Punished a Canadian mistake to level the scores before tries by Collins Injera and Oscar Ayodi, two of which were converted saw Kenya lead 19-5 at the interval.

On resumption, Dennis Ombachi stretched Kenya's lead before a brilliant interplay between Eden Agero and Injera saw the Mwamba utility player land his brace for a 29-5 lead.

They eased their foot on the gas pedal to allow Pat Kay to score the second try bfor Canada. He landed his brace at death for the final score.

South Africa 46 Kenya 5

Leading 5-0 with an early try after kickoff, Shujaa were handed a 48-5 hiding by South Africa in their second Pool A encounter at the Dubai Sevens on Friday 1 December 2017.

Jeff Oluoch stole in from the blind to see Shujaa go 5-0 up against the defending tournament and World series champions.

The Blitzboks responded with two successive tries from Seabelo Senatla to go 12-5 up before Cecil Afrika scored to see them go 17-5 at the interval.

Senatla added his third of the match after the restart, played in by Afrika to go over the chalk, South Africa pulling further away, the score 22-5 in their favor.

Branco du Preez put Shujaa under more pressure,beating the Kenyan defenders to land a converted try, 29-5 to the Blitzbok before Justin Geduld scored moments after his entry into the game, the conversion sailing through for 36-5.

It was Kwagga Smith’s turn to add to Shujaa’smisery, 41-5 which soon ended with Rosco Speckman’s converted effort, the 48-5 result needing Kenya to beat Uganda in their last encounter while counting on South Africa to beat Canada to keep their cup quarterfinal hopes alive.

Results

Pool A: South Africa, Canada, Kenya, Uganda 

Canada 15 Kenya 29, South Africa 19 Uganda 10, Canada 22 Uganda 17, South Africa 46 Kenya 5,  Kenya 29 Uganda 14, South Africa 28 Canada 0.

Pool B: England, Scotland, France, Spain 

Scotland 24 France 14, England 28 Spain 0, Scotland 26 Spain 19, England 14 France 12, France 12 Spain 14, England 29 Scotland 0.

Pool C: Fiji, Australia, Wales, Russia

Australia 38 Wales 7, Fiji 50 Russia 7, Australia 47 Russia 0, Fiji 21 Wales 7, Wales 29 Russia  5, Fiji 26 Australia 19.

Pool D: New Zealand, USA, Argentina, Samoa

USA 14 Argentina 22, New Zealand 24 Samoa 12,    USA 14 Samoa 26, New Zealand 21 Argentina 19,  Argentina 12 Samoa 22, New Zealand 22 USA  12.  

Day two

Challenge Trophy quarter finals: Canada 10 USA 5, Wales 17  France 24, Argentina 26 Uganda 7, Spain 31 Russia 0; Semi-finals: Canada v France, Argentina v Spain; Final:

13th/14th place playoff semis: USA v Wales, Uganda v Russia; Final: 

Main Cup quarter finals: South Africa 26 Samoa 10,  Fiji  35 Scotland 24, New Zealand 14 Kenya 12,England 26 Australia 19; Semi-final: South Africa v Fiji, New Zealand v England; Final:

Fifth/Sixth place playoff semis: Samoa v Scotland, Kenya v Australia; Final:

Additional reporting by KRU