Rugby Rugby

Vegas blues as Kenya end pointless


OUMA-VEGASNAIROBI, Kenya, February 10- Kenya’s listless run at the Las Vegas Sevens came to an inglorious conclusion when the team lost 38-7 to Australia in the Shield semi finals to exit USA with no points on the board.

After the high of making the final of the Wellington Sevens a week before Mike Friday’s charges surrendered to France 21-17 earlier in the Bowl quarters after losing two Group B matches to South Africa and Canada to end their interest in the Main Cup.

Three tries from Lewis Holland set Australia on their way to victory with Collins Injera touching down for the Kenyan consolation in a game Friday’s charges looked deflated in their last act at Vegas.

“We haven’t finished right at the bottom, but it has been disappointing for us. But we have had an encouraging win against Kenya.

“It is a funny competition; England and Kenya were finalists last week and are down the bottom this week. We were fifth last week and we find ourselves down the bottom as well. It just goes to show how competitive this competition is,” Mic O’Connor, the Australian coach said after the win.

In the Bowl quarters, a last gasp Willy Ambaka try was not enough to force the issue against the French who were inspired to victory by Terry Bouhraoua who scored a try and landed three conversions.

The team returns to the country on Tuesday from their latest leg of the IRB World Sevens tour with the familiar feeling of blowing hot and cold following their heroics in New Zealand a week earlier.