Rugby Rugby

Champs in bright Safaricom 7s start


NAIROBI, Kenya, November 5- Defending champions, Kenya ignited their Safaricom 7s title defence by recording easy victories against Grenoble and Rwanda in their opening two matches on Saturday.

Kenya beat French outfit Grenoble by 26-7 in their first match which saw Sidney Ashioya, Felix Ayange and Collins Injera score ties for the hosts.

Ayange crossed the try line twice with Ashioya and Injera going over once in a victory that got the home faithful at the Nyayo National Stadium going.

In their second encounter, the champions rolled over East African neighbours Rwanda 36-0 to secure their passage to the Main Cup quarters on Sunday.

Horace Otieno opened the floodgates with a second minute try before Injera, Ayange, William Ambaka and newcomer Philip Wamae breached the Rwandese in a game the winners hardly moved out of second gear.

Biko Adema converted three of the six Kenya’s tries with the champions scheduled to face Uganda later Saturday evening in their last Pool A encounter.

Head Coach Mitch Ocholla praised his boys for winning the matches and promised to retain the title on Sunday.

“The game was good even though the boys were a bit nervous in the first half but they recovered well in the second half. We are taking one game at a time,” Ocholla said.

– By Gloria Kendi

Collated results

Bristol University Select 17-Mwamba 21, Kenya 26- Grenoble 7,Uganda 24- Rwanda 0, Zimbabwe 38 -Royal Welsh Warriors 5,Samurai 64-Tanzania 0, Samoa 46 -Belmont Shore 0, Spain 29 -Goshawks 0,Emerging Boks 28- Auckland Vikings 24, Tanzania 0 Zimbabwe 51, Samurai 33 Royal Welsh Warriors 7,Goshawks 0 Samoa 80, Spain 33 Belmont Shore 0, Mwamba 12 Emerging Boks 19, Bristol Uni Select 7 Auckland Vikings 43,Rwanda 0 Kenya 36,Uganda 5 Grenoble 47.