Big jolt for Kenya in Glasgow

By the punter
May 03, 2021
  • Felipe Nougues is tackled by two Fijian players in the first match of Glasgow Sevens. Fiji won 26-7. (Photo Courtesy IRB)

Kenya’s path to the Glasgow Sevens cup quarterfinals got a big jolt when they were narrowly beaten 24-19 in a Pool C match.

A second half rally and break away try by Will Price saw Wales win the crucial match on a cold morning in Glasgow.

The match was balanced on a knife edge with Kenya surging to a narrow 14-12 lead at halftime. There was tension at the start with Kenya and Wales each conceding a penalty in the opening two minutes.

Oscar Ayodi, scorer of one of the tries for Kenya sent the warning signs when he broke through and kicked the ball ahead but failed to gather it.

When Luke Morgan was yellow carded for a high tackle on Collins Injera, Kenya used the numerical advantage as Biko Adema sidestepped two Welsh players and scored under the post for a 7-0 lead.

Kenya lost the re-start and Ross Jones punished the mistake with a try.

But Kenya hit back immediately with a good run by Horace Otieno and Ayodi raced to the line. Adema converted for a 14-5 lead. Just before the break, Wales pulled one back through Jason Harries as Wales trailed 12-14.

The second half was competitive with Wales having an upper hand. They kept Kenya busy at the contact point and fielded one of their players wide, a ploy which worked but not before Injera barged over knocking over two players on his way to the try line.

Morgan tied the scores 19-19 for Wales.

A good defensive work by Injera and Patrice Agunda denied Morgan his third try and gave Kenya possession. But Price broke Kenya’s hearts with a try late in this half.

The win by Wales left Kenya with a steep hill to climb as they needed a win against Fiji and Argentina to proceed to the cup quarter finals. In the opening match, Fiji led 14-0 before beating Argentina 26-7.