Pride restored


NAIROBI, Kenya, February 15 – Kenya will be heading home with their heads held high despite bowing out of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Las Vegas Sevens tournament after losing to New Zealand 21-7 in the main cup semi final early Monday morning.

Victor Oduor put Kenya ahead with a converted try in the second minute but the Kiwis hit back with three tries of their own from Zar Lawrence, Kurt Baker and Lote Raikabula.

Benjamin Ayimba’s side remain in sixth place on the IRB Sevens standings with 44 points with focus now shifting to the next two legs in Hong Kong and Adelaide.

Earlier, Kenya put an eternity of heartache against England behind them with a dramatic 26-21 sudden death victory over the Red Rose army.

Ben Nyambu scored in the third minute of extra time avenging their two previous losses to Ben Ryans’s team earlier in the series and sending legions of Kenyan fans at the Sam Boyd stadium into ecstasy.

Christian Wade had put England ahead with a try in the second minute before Gibson Weru capped a period of Kenyan pressure by stepping his way to score under the posts.

Ben Gollings and Collins Injera cancelled out each other with converted tries either side of half time before Dan Norton put England 21-14 ahead with two and a half minutes remaining in the match.

Captain Humphrey Kayange tied the game up 21-21 after the hooter went to take the match into extra time and eventually another famous victory for Kenya.

Samoa won the overall title after beating New Zealand 33-12.