• Kenya crash out in Plate,New Zealand retain Sevens Gold

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Oct 12, 2010-

Australia ended Kenya’s hope for a medal in seven-aside rugby with a comfortable 27-5 victory in the Main Cup quarter finals at the Delhi University stadium.

Kenya who reached the semi finals in the International Rugby Board Sevens World Cup with a sensational win over Fiji in the quarter were aiming for their first ever medal at the ‘Club’ games after finishing 9th in Melbourne in 2006 and 11th in the 16 team competition were a pale shadow of the team that beat Samoa 12-10 in their last Pool C game on Monday.

Shaun Foley scored an early try barely a minute into the game. With Lavin Asego in the sin bin, the Aussie capitalised on their numerical advantage as Captain James Standard touched down twice and Luke Moharan scored one as the Aussies took a 22-0 lead at the break. Australia was strong at contact points and barely gave Kenya a chance to use their speed in open play. Key to Australia’s domination in the first half was ball possession as Kenya barely got a touch of the oval ball.

Nick Cummins crossed for Australia the eventual games silver medalist in the second half while Captain Humphrey Kayange pulled one back for Kenya.

Coach Ayimba was upset with his teams’ first loss in the tournament.

“I am a bit disappointed for not getting a medal. But we are one step further than we were,” said the coach who was appearing in his fourth Commonwealth Games but this time in a different capacity.  “Australia really studied what happens in our rucks and they outplayed us in the ruck situation and I guess that’s where the trouble started.”

A defence blunder proved costly for Kenya as they lost 22-12 to Scotland in sudden death in the Plate semi finals.

Kenya came from behind to tie the scores 17-all at regular time with two tries to Kayange and his younger brother Collins Injera. Scotland had lead, thanks to tries from Mike Adamson, Colin Shaw and Lee Jones.

Jones scored the all-important sudden death try after a communication lapse in the Kenyan backline.

“A very challenging game I wish we could have scored a bit earlier. It was a bit of mis-communication having two of your defenders missing out and not chatting each other and not attacking,” said Kayange.

Kayange believes the experience in Delhi was good for his side as they prepare for the IRB series, which kicks off in Dubai in December.

“We were really let down by the physicality of some of the teams especially against Australia. But we have also been changing our backline a bit too much over the last few months but I think it will soon work out. It takes a few knocks to get it right.”

However this was Kenya’s best performance in the Commonwealth Games after losing in the Bowl semis in Manchester (2002) and winning the bowl four years later in Delhi.

Defending champions New Zealand won their fourth sevens Commonwealth Gold after coming from behind to beat Australia 24-17 in a closely contested final . South Africa clinched the Bronze after a 17-12 victory over England.

Results day 2
Quarter finals
New Zealand 31 Wales 10
England 7 Samoa 5
Australia 27 Kenya 5
South Africa 10 Scotland 7

Medal Semifinals
New Zealand 33 England 12
Australia 17 South Africa 7

Bronze Medal
England 14 South Africa 17

Gold/Silver Medal
New Zealand 24 Australia 17

 Plate semi-finals

Wales 12   Samoa 38
Kenya 17 Scotland 22

Plate finals
Samoa 34 Scotland 0

Bowl Quarter finals
Canada 43 India 10
Uganda 26 Malaysia 14
Papua New Guinea 26 Sri Lanka 12
Tonga 21 Guyana 14

Bowl semi finals
Canada 22 Uganda 17
Papua New Guinea 24 Tonga 5

Bowl finals
Papua New Guinea 42 Canada 15

 Evelyn Watta in New Delhi

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COUNTRY G S B T
1 Australia 74 54 48 176
2 England 37 59 45 141
3 India 37 27 35 99
3 Canada 26 17 32 75
4 South Africa 12 11 10 33
5 Kenya 12 11 9 32
6 Malaysia 12 9 13 34
7 Nigeria 11 10 14 35
8 Singapore 10 10 9 29
9 Scotland 9 10 7 26
10 New Zealand 5 22 8 35
11 Cyprus 4 3 5 12
12 Northern Ireland 3 3 4 10
13 Samoa 3   1 4
14 Wales 2 7 10 19
15 Jamaica 2 4 1 7
16 Pakistan 2 1 2 5
17 Uganda 2     2
18 Bahamas 1 1 3 5
19 Sri Lanka 1 1 1 3
20 Nauru 1 1   2
 
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