Kenya lose out to England


NAIROBI, Kenya, March 21- Kenya were at the receiving end of an England backlash on Sunday at the International Rugby Board (IRB) Adelaide Sevens losing 33-12 in the bowl final.

England winger Christian Wade scored a brace in the first half with Tom Powell adding another but a try from Victor Sudi midway through the half kept Kenya in the match with the score at halftime 19-5 to England.

Things got worse for Benjamin Ayimba’s side after the interval when they conceded a penalty try after Kenya were adjudged to have commited a professional foul under their posts.

Skipper Humphrey Kayange brought Kenya back into the game from the restart after his side worked the ball all over the Adelaide oval.

Kayange received the ball out wide and dummied the covering English defence to make the score 26-12.

Ayimba brought on veterans Sidney Ashioya and Dennis Mwanja but to little effect.

Jake Abbot tore down the near touch line shrugging off two poor kenayn tackles in the process to put the clash to bed.

Earlier, the Safaricom Sevens champions ran in seven tries to beat Scotland 36-12 in the semi final after thrashing the island nation of Niue 25-7 in which new call up Dennis Muhanji announced his arrival with a try.

Samoa won their second consecutive title this season by beating surprise package United States 38-10.

Next up is Hong Kong where Kenya will have to pull themselves up by the boot straps in order to make up for the points in Australia.

Kenya is in Pool F alongside South Africa, Zimbabwe and Korea who they have met and beaten twice before.