Kenya 7s must avoid basic mistakes, Treu

By the punter
Jan 26, 2022
  • Biko Adema gathers a kick off ball against South Africa. Kenya plays Scotland in the Bowl semi-final today. Photo by Eric Odanga.

LAS VEGAS - There are many basic mistakes which Kenya Sevens must avoid if they want to compete at the top level.

It was the mistakes which cost Kenya a qualification to the cup quarterfinals after losing two matches in the opening two days at the USA Sevens played at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. Today (Sunday) Kenya plays Scotland in the semi-finals of the Bowl.

The USA has not been a happy hunting ground with the best result in 2008 when Kenya lost in the cup semi-finals to New Zealand. Kenya were Plate champions in 2012. Last year, Kenya lost to Australia in the Shield semi-finals, the lowest category of the competition.

Day two has not been easy as Kenya knew their fate could have been sealed after Canada defeated Wales 21-19 in their final Pool A match. It was then up to Kenya to beat South Africa to have an arithmetical chance of qualifying.

South Africa won the match 19-7 to finish top of the pool and book a date with Argentina in the Cup quarters. At half time the scores were 7-7, the first points South Africa conceded after two days and their lowest margin in the two days. Paul Treu, the Kenya coach said the technical bench were still working on getting the best starting lineup.

Work in progress

“This is a work in progress. It is the first time to see Oscar Ouma, Tony Owuor, Humphrey Kayange and Michael Agevi in the IRB World Sevens Series. The progress is good going to Wellington,” he said.

Kenya bounced back to beat Spain 24-0 in the Bowl quarter final and will now face Scotland in the semis.

But even in this match, Treu still noticed Kenya was prone to mistakes. “We won but statistics showed we won turnovers and lost the ball. The team has to be clinical,” he added.

Tony Owuor marked his debut with a try against Spain and Agevi also got game time. Treu was positive that the matches against Wales, South Africa and Spain showed a great potential in the team’s progress. “It does not matter which team you play, the gap is very narrow,”” Treu said.

Going forward, Treu would like to see the mistakes minimised and much protection for the ball in their possession. This is the frame of mind in which Kenya plays Scotland in the Bowl semifinals today at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

In the other semi-final, Fiji play against Wales. The Cup quarter finals saw Samoa edge out Australia 12-10 while Canada beat France 14-0. New Zealand were 24-7 winners over England while South Africa blanked Argentina 36-0.

Day two results

Pool A: Wales 19 Canada 21, South Africa 19 Kenya 7.

Pool B: Australia 26 Scotland 7, New Zealand 12 Fiji 7.

Pool C: England 43 Uruguay 5, Samoa 35 Portugal 0.

Pool D: Argentina 0 France 14, USA 31 Spain 10.

Cup quarters: South Africa 36 Argentina 0, Samoa 12 Australia 10, France 14 Canada 17, New Zealand 24 England 7; Semi-finals: South Africa v Samoa, France v New Zealand; Final.

Plate Semi-finals: Argentina v Australia, France v England; Final:

Bowl quarter finals: Kenya 24 Spain 0, Portugal 7 Scotland 31, USA 7 Wales 12, Fiji 38 Uruguay 14; Semi-finals: Kenya v Scotland, Wales v Fiji.

Shield Semi-finals: Spain v Portugal, USA v Uruguay; Final: