Chile dominate and beat Kenya

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Nov 10, 2021
  • Joshua Chisanga was Kenya's standout player against Chile. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Unstoppable Joshua Chisanga bursts through a tackle against Chile on Friday. (Photo Courtesy KRU)

A dominant play by Chile in the first half was enough to see them beat Kenya 23-3 in the opening match of the Regal Hotels Cup of Nations rugby tournament in Hong Kong.

Chile who overcame fatigue from a long flight to Hong Kong were happy to start with a win with the coach satisfied that they played according to plan. "It was a long trip but we played according to our plan," the coach said.

He added it was reassuring to get over the excitement of winning the first match and plan for the second. "At the moment, we shall review the match against Kenya before thinking of the next match."

His opposite number Jerome Paarwater who overhauled the props in the second half goes back to the drawing boards with handling errors on his mind. Kenya appeared to struggle throughout the match and unable to settle.

They did sparkle briefly in the second half before the gates were slammed. 

Tomas Ianizweski, the Chile full back kicked over the first points in the 16th minute after they pinned Kenya in their own half.

Darwin Mukidza leveled in the 25th minute before Ianizweski stroked over his second penalty in the 36th minute for a 6-3 lead at half time.

In this half, Kenya barely stringed their passes together and a rush defense by Chile unsettled their structure.

The good structure by Chile who played with ball in hand, barely kicking possession kept Kenya at bay.

Strong running from the base by eighth man Benjamin Soto was often checked by his opposite number Joshua Chisanga, undoubtedly the Kenyan player of the match.

Disconnect between Onsomu and Simiyu

There appeared to be a disconnect between Samson Onsomu, the Kenya scrum half and his fly-half Nato Simiyu with the ball barely reaching the backs.

Perhaps Kenya's best chance came in the 31st minute when an overthrow from a line out landed on the hands of Onsomu but Chile reorganized quickly and retrieved the ball with the Kenya support slow at the breakdown.

Chile's characteristic hard running wore out the Kenya defense who were forced to tackle every time on the fringes.

Kenya appeared to have found their rhythm in the second half which they started with more urgency but this lasted only for a few minuted before Chile took control again.

Chile got a turnover in the 54th minute and from the ensuing scrum inside Kenya's five, Ianizweski, barged over in the 56th minute and converted to stretch the lead 13-3.

Another scum from five meters out saw Soto score the second try which Ianizweski, converted in the 66th minute.

Two minutes later Ianizweski, added his third penalty for the win.

After the national anthems, the teams observed a minute of silence for Michael Okombe who died before the team's departure for Hong Kong.

Kenya: 15. Tony Onyango, 14. Darwin Mukidza, 13. David Ambunya, 12. Leo Seje, 11. Jacob Ojee, 10. Nato Simiyu, 9. Samson Onsomu; 1. Moses Amusala, 2. Peter Karia, 3. Curtis Lilako, 4. Wilson K'Opondo (captain), 5. Oliver Mang'eni, 6. George Nyambua, 7. Davis Chenge,  8. Joshua Chisanga; Replacements: 16. Philip Ikambili, 17. Oscar Simiyu, 18. Dennis Karani, 19. Eric Kerre, 20. Lyle Asiligwa, 21. Biko Adema, 22. Peter Kilonzo, 23. Vincent Mose.