• Favourites Kenya make strong start in Sevens
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Oct 11, 2010-

Brothers Humprey Kayange and Collins Injera scored a try a piece in each half to ensure Kenya qualified top of Pool A for the main Cup quarters of the Commonwealth Rugby Sevens at the Delhi University. 

Kayange’s late try ensured Kenya finished the opening day unbeaten after a close 12-10 win against Samoa.

 

Mikaele Pesamino had given the Pacific Islanders a head start with a try in each half.

Injera’s try at the stroke of halftime, which was successfully converted by Lavin Asego, put Kenya on the driving seat 7-5 at the break.

 

“Very good start but it was a bit difficult in the first few minutes but one we got our rhythm it worked our way. The boys are upbeat and we are looking positive,” said Coach Benjamin Ayimba.

 

Injera and Horace Otieno each scored twice in a 40-0 win against Malaysia in the day’s opening match.Asego was first on the try sheet in the third minute with Captain Humphrey Kayange playing in his first commonwealth Games adding a second at the stroke of half time for a 14-0 lead at the break.

 

Injera and Otieno scored two tries each to edge Kenya home while Asego landed five of the six conversion attempts.

 

Kenya was lucky to win 17-12 against a more physical Papua New Guinea in its second match

 

A try a piece to Gray Cullen,Kayange and Andrew Amonde earned Kenya its second win of the day . Kenya will now face Australia in the Main Cup quarters.

 

“It was tight game. They are big, strong guys and very fit. We did not have our full side out either,” said Cullen after his debut match for the national sevens team.

 

Samoa looked strong in their 38-17 win against Papua New Guinea with Simaika Makaele touching down twice and 61-0 thrashing of Malaysia.

 

South Africa topped group B after two easy wins against Tonga (29-0) before beating India 59-0, Sibusiso Sithole scoring a hatrick of tries.  South Africa defeated Wales 21-5.

 

The third African team Uganda went down 33-0 to Australia in their Group D match. England finished the pool unbeaten after seeing off Australia 21-12.

 

The matches were quite physical and a hard game for both sides. We tried our best but,” said Ugandan Captain Michael Okarach.

 

Games defending champions and favourites New Zealand beat Canada 43-7 in their opening group A match before seeing off Guyana 52-0 and Scotland 46-0.

 

“New Zealand are not the favourites because there are five or six strong other teams”, said Kiwis Coach Gordon Tietjens.

 

Main Cup Quarters Draw(Kenyan time)

13.08 New Zealand vs Wales

13.30 England vs Samoa

13.52Kenya vs Australia

14.14 South Africa vs Scotland

 

Selected Results

 

Kenya 40 Malaysia 0

South Africa 29 Tonga 0

Wales 56 India 7

New Zealand 43 Canada 7

Scotland 26 Guyana 0

England 59 Sri Lanka 7

Autsralia 33 Uganda 0

Samoa 38 Papua New Guinea 17

Kenya 17 Papua New Guinea 12

South Africa 59 India 0

Wales 38 Tonga 7

New Zealand 52 Tonga 0

Scotland 19 Canada 17

Kenya 12 Samoa 10 

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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