Simple arithmetic takes Kenya to Glasgow sevens cup quarters

By the punter
May 03, 2021
  • Humphrey Kayange scored two tries against Argentina before being rested. (Photo Courtesy IRB)

The arithmetic was simple. Kenya needed to win by five points and Argentina had to lose by the same margin to qualify for the main cup quarter final of Glasgow Sevens, the eighth tournament of the International Rugby Board Sevens World Series.

At the final whistle, Kenya won 33-19, a 14-point margin, nine more than the required!

Earlier in the day, Kenya’s chances looked bleak after narrowly losing to Wales and Fiji in the opening two matches. But when Argentina beat Wales, there was a slim chance that Kenya, Wales and Argentina had a chance to qualify for the quarter finals in this tough Pool C.

At the final whistle, Kenya got the desired result. Kenya, Argentina and Wales with one win each had an identical five points but Kenya had a better points difference.

Just like in the match against Fiji, Kenya dictated the pace from the whistle winning the kick off. Patrice Agunda made the initial run and Humphrey Kayange was at hand to finish the move under the sticks after only 38 seconds. Michael Wanjala converted for a 7-0 lead.

Shortly after, Billy Odhiambo, the new kid on the block broke through but his final pass to Oscar Ayodi was inaccurate. He made amends by pouncing on a loose ball, beat two Argentinian players and raced under the posts in the third minute. Michael Wanjala converted for Kenya to lead 14-0.

Brief exchange

A brief exchange between Collins Injera and Oscar Ayodi saw Injera score the third try in the fifth minute. Wanjala added two points to stretch the lead 21-0.

Just before the break, Argentina pulled one back through Joaquin Cachi Paz and Gaston Revol converted from the touchline as they trailed 7-21 at halftime.

Unlike in the match against Fiji, Kenya started strongly in the second half with Kayange landing his brace after his younger brother Injera did the spadework.

Although Franco Sabato scored the second try for Argentina in the fourth minute, the Pumas had been outclassed by the fleet-footed Kenyans. Billy Odhiambo barged over in the fifth minute and Nicolas Coronel scored the third try for Argentina. Revol converted.

Before the Kenya match against Argentina, Fiji crowned a good day’s performance with a 45-0 drubbing of Wales.

Results

Fiji 26 Argentina 7, Wales 24 Kenya 19, England 21 France 5, Canada 52 Japan 0, New Zealand 26 Samoa 7, South Africa 38 Portugal 0, Australia 7 Scotland 19, USA 7 Spain 17, Fiji 24 Kenya 17, Wales 17 Argentina 28, England 33 Japan 24, Canada 28 France 12, New Zealand 38 Portugal 0, South Africa 40 Samoa 0, Australia 36 Spain 7, USA 0 Scotland 26, Fiji 45 Wales 0, Argentina 19 Kenya 33, England 7 Canada 7, France 31 Japan 5,