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Kenya reach bowl final in P.E

Sunday 14 December 2014

Kenya collected 7 points after losing 24-5 to Canada in the bowl final at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens, the third round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

The Canadians raced to a 10-0 lead at the break through tries from Fuailefau and Hammond.  Duke would touch down after the break, Heam converting to see them go 17-0 up before Dennis Muhanji set up Michael Wanjala Junior to score a consolation for Kenya.  Canada would score a converted try late on to seal the result and go home with the bowl title and 8 points.

For Kenya, this was their best display of the series yet, collecting 7 points but remaining 14th overall with a cumulative 11 points after three rounds. This tournament served as Head Coach Paul Treu’s swansong from sevens rugby.

Treu would then exit the world stage, walking through a guard of honor formed by the Kenyan and Canadian teams as a tribute to his 10 year coaching spell.

The team had earlier beaten France 14-12 in the bowl semis courtesy of Leonard Mugaisi’s converted brace of tries.

Kenya had reached the bowl semi final with a 24-12 win over Japan. They fell behind to a converted try from Soejima before Tony Opondo converted Bush Mwale’s try to see Kenya go 7-5 up , a lead that soon changed hands when Saito landed for the Japanese, Sakai converting to see them go 12-7 up.

Mwale would land his brace, Opondo converting to see Kenya go 14-12 up at the break.

Second half action Oscar Ayodi extend Kenya’s lead with an unconverted try before Mwale got his hat trick, Sam Onsomu converting for the full time score.

The side had earlier finished bottom of Pool A, losing their three fixtures and scoring only three tries. Oliver Mang’eni scored Kenya’s sole try in the 29-5 loss to Wales.

Jacob Ojee scored the only try in the 38-7 loss to South Africa, Michael Wamalwa converting. The side would then fall to a 33-5 loss to the USA, Wamalwa scoring the sole try.

Hosts South Africa retained the cup title with a 26-17 win over New Zealand.
Courtesy of Kenya Rugby Union

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