• French Fry Kenyan teams in Dubai 7s opener

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Dec 02, 2011-

Surprise, disappointment was evident as the Kenyan and French players streamed out of the pitch after their opening Emirates Airline Dubai Sevens match of the second leg of the International Rugby Board HSBC Sevens Worlds series, with the home team left ruing what would have been their perfect start this season.

Missed tackles on the Kenyan part saw France go all out in their match with an emphatic 27-5 win from a team they had beaten in the past one year.

“I was surprised that there was no pressure from the Kenyans. We knew we would do well but didn’t expect to win that easily over Kenya and such results,”Frederic Pomarel, the French Sevens coach wondered.

France led 12-0 at the break after tries from Renaud Delmas and Paul Albaledejo. The two players have been key to the rebuilding process by Les Bleus and have been to Safari Sevens in Nairobi.

Willy Ambaka’s introduction in the second half seemed to revive the Kenyans but again a missed tackle gifted Delmas his second try in Dubai this year before Mathieu Acebes crossed over to give them a comfortable 22-0 lead.

Ambaka pulled one back for Kenya with a fine run cutting through two French players before knocking over Terry Bouhraoua as he crossed over the line as Albaledejo late try sealed the scores for France.

“The boys just didn’t come of age today,”admitted Mitch Ocholla the Kenyan Coach unhappy with the results.“The technical aspect of the game is wanting and we missed a lot of tackles...”

The last time the two teams met in Dubai last year Kenya who are without several of their regular players won 26-0 in the Shield final and were probably hoping to turn the tables in the pool match which also includes England, 43-0 winners against Zimbabwe in their opening pool C game.

“Before we meet England we must beat ourselves first if we are to play our game,” added Ocholla. The women’s team were no match for the French team who ruled the roost with an emphatic 35-0 win over the Lioness their opening International invitational tie.

Kenya next plays Moscow Region which provides the bulk of players to the Russian women’s team and will finish off against the season TUKS ladies from South Africa.

Collated results: Men’s World series Pool D :Wales 14 Scotland 7 , Australia 40 Canada 7,Pool A Fiji 40 Argentina 7, Samoa 55 UAE 12 ,Pool B New Zealand 40 USA 0, Pool B South Africa 17 Portugal 5, Pool C France 27 Kenya 5 ,England 43 Zimbabwe 0 Women’s International Invitational event: Pool A :Maple Leafs 0 Netherlands 21 ,Pool B: France 35 Kenya Lionesses 0 Moscow Region 17 Tuks Ladies Rugby 5, Pool A :Iron Ladies 19 Team Globaleye 5.

 

 Evelyn Watta in Dubai

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