NAIROBI, Kenya, February 6- Kenya were knocked out of the New Zealand International Sevens in Wellington after losing to Australia 26-17 in the plate semi final on Saturday morning.
Three late second half tries from Innocent Simiyu and Collins Injera were not enough for Benjamin Ayimba’s side to steal victory from the Aussies who scored three breathtaking tries of their own to take a 19-0 halftime lead.
The loss capped a heartbreaking day for Kenya who earlier in the day lost in their main cup quarter final to the impressive Samoa 14-12 after throwing away a 12 point lead at the break.
A devastating opening period by the Australians in the plate semi seemed to have broke the back of the Kenyans who were struggling in all facets of their game most notably at the breakdown.
Simiyu finally got Kenya on the board by dummying the Aussie defence to score under the posts and give his side hopes of rescuing the match.
Asego continued to show why he is one of the best standoffs in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens Series with another stunning break and sublime pass to Injera for the touchdown.
The Mwamba flyer was on the board again after taking a tap penalty and shrugging off two tackles to score under the sticks but it was too late.
In the main cup quarter, Kenya seemed to be in control against a disorganized Samoan out fit but a powerful second half display from Ofisa Trevaranus who blasted through Kenya’s defence to set up his team’s tries saw the South Pacific islanders through to the main cup semis.
Humphrey Kayange and company will be hoping to avenge that loss to Samoa when they meet again in a week’s time in Las Vegas where there are in Pool C alongside Scotland and Chile.