NAIROBI, Kenya, January 7 – Kenya will play Samoa for the first time this season when they meet in Pool C in Las Vegas for the fourth leg of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens series.Both teams are currently separated by four points on the overall standings with Kenya perched on sixth position with 22 points while the Pacific island nation is fourth.
Samoa reached the final of the Dubai leg last month in which they lost 24-12 to series leaders New Zealand.
Benjamin Ayimba’s charges will also have to deal with Scotland and Chile if they are to maintain their minimum target of securing a main cup quarter final place at the Sam Boyd stadium on February 13-14.
The States has been a favourable hunting ground for Kenya Sevens having reached the main cup semi final in 2008 and registering their first victory over the Kiwis last season.
Humphrey Kayange and company have a much tougher encounter at Wellington in the preceding week where they will face England, Tonga and the United States at the Westpac Trust stadium.
The Safaricom Sevens champions reached the main cup quarters in Dubai this season and the following week in George produced some of the best rugby of the tournament on their way to the main cup semis before being knocked out by New Zealand.
Last season’s top try scorer and 2009 Sportsman of the Year Collins Injera seems to be on his way to repeating the milestone as he is currently second on the try scoring chart with 12 touchdowns behind New Zealand’s Sherwin Stowers who has 15.
Las Vegas draw:
Pool A: New Zealand, Australia, France, Guyana
Pool B: Fiji, South Africa, United States, Canada
Pool C: Samoa, Kenya, Scotland, Chile
Pool D: England, Argentina, Wales, Japan