Nairobi, Kenya, April 3- Kenya’s dismal run at the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series was sustained by a 17-10 defeat to USA in the Bowl finals of the sixth leg of the IRB circuit event in Adelaide on Sunday.
Shalom Suniula started the USA Eagles’ scoring campaign by scoring after just one minute and converting his own try.
Collins Injera replied for the Kenyans before Oscar Ouma was sin-bined after receiving yellow card to leave his team a man short. Colin Hawley went down just before half time to give the Americans a 12-5 advantage at the breather.
Biko Adema crossed the line first in the second half, but Hawley scored again for the winners who kept Benjamin Ayimba’s side out of their try area for the rest of the game.
The defeat means Kenya who won the Shield in the previous round in Hong Kong a week ago will once return pointless in the series where they lie ninth in the standings with 12 points. Ayimba’s charges also failed to collect points in the two opening legs of the series in Dubai and George.
After beating Papua New Guinea 26-17 in the quarters, Kenya topped France 24-10 in the Bowl semis with Humphrey Kayange going over for the first try converted by Adema after Paul Albaladejo gave France the lead in the first half to leave scores 7-5 at the break.
William Ambaka, Injera and Kayange tries and another Adema conversion in the second sealed the victory.
New Zealand won the Main Cup in Adelaide after beating South Africa 28-20 in the Cup final. It is their fourth Cup win of the season and now leaves them 13 points ahead of England in the standings on 134 having picked up 24 points, with Samoa (100), South Africa (92) and Fiji (88) in third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Japan won the first silverware on day one beating Tonga 22-5 in the Shield final.