Kenya drops to Bowl competition in Hong Kong
Kenya Sevens wasted great opportunities, losing to England and Wales to drop to Bowl competition at the Hong Kong Sevens on Saturday.
They lost 7-17 to England and 12-18 to Wales a day after also losing to United States of America 14-21. Kenya now takes on Canada in the Bowl quarterfinals on Sunday morning.
Luke Morgan got Wales to a flying start with a sizzling run down the right flank to score but Kenya respond with an angled, powerful run by Daniel Sikuta as Lavin Asego converted for a 7-5 lead at the break.
The strong pounding Billy ‘The Kid’ Odhiambo continued to exhibit his speed when he glided in from close range after good ground work by Kenya’s midfield to score but Asego failed to convert for a 12-5 lead.
Wales were undaunted, as Morgan changed pace before letting in Rhodri Williams restore parity.
Morgan would then prove his mettle with a jump stop and burst to the line to score the match winner for Wales.
In an earlier match, England powered to a 10-0 lead at half time through tries from Tom Bowen and James Rodwell.
Collins Injera touched down his 192nd try of the Series to reduce the margin to three just after the break. But Phil Burgess crossed for the match winner.
England and USA, who beat both Kenya and Wales, made it to the main Cup quarterfinal after battling to a 21-21 draw in the last pool match. USA and England beat Wales 40-12 and 29-16 respectively.
Series leaders South Africa and Fiji were the only sides to maintain 100 percent records during pool play as they booked their places in the Cup quarter finals.
The Blitzboks produced a confident day two performance with Seabelo Senatla picking up a hat-trick as they defeated France 29-7 after earlier accounting for Japan 27-0 in front of 39,098 fans at the Hong Kong Stadium.
Neil Powell’s side will face Australia in the quarter finals while Fiji, who beat Belgium 38-7 and Canada 45-0 on day two face England.
New Zealand fought back from their earlier setback, a surprise 24-24 draw with Portugal, with a tenacious 14-5 win over Australia to top Pool B thanks to two tries from 18-year-old Rieko Ioane and Los Pumas’ will be their opponents on day three.
Bowl quarter finals: Canada v Kenya (5.30am), France v Portugal (5.52am), Wales v Belgium (6.14am), Scotland v Japan (6.36am)
Main Cup quarter finals: Fiji v England (6.58am), South Africa v Australia (7.20am), USA v Samoa (7.42am), New Zealand v Argentina (7.04am).