Rugby Rugby

Plate semi loss caps Kenya’s Dubai charge


INJERA-WALESNAIROBI, Kenya, November 30- Paul Treu’s former charges South Africa inflicted defeat on Kenya in the Main Cup before their Dubai 7s outing ended in the Plate Semis to Wales to wrap up the new coach’s first outing with the side on Saturday.

The script was written for Treu to demonstrate to the side he left in October what they would be missing but it was the Blitz Bokke who got off to a firing start in the first half of their Main Cup quarters.

Sampie Mastriet and Frankie Horne breached Kenya’s try line with the boot of Branco du Preez converting both for a 14-0 half time lead.

Felix Ayange and Oscar Ayodi made it a two-point game as Treu’s new charges roared back in the second half after Biko Adema missed the second conversion.

With Kenya pressing forward with wind in their sails, a great individual try from du Preeze who rose up to nail the seven points at the death saw the Bokkes who sailed to the final against Fiji through to the last four.

Relegated to the Plate, Kenya then bowed out of competition falling to a 24-19 sudden death defeat to Wales.
Lee Walker was quick off the mark, touching down after just 44 seconds of play, Alex Walker converting to give Wales a 7-0 lead.

Kenya would get back in the game, Collins Injera scoring his 165th HSBC Sevens World Series try with Adema converting to level the scores at 7-7.

Jason Harries would retake the lead for Wales, touching down on the stroke of half time with Alex Walker converting to give the Welsh a 14-7 lead heading into half time.

Ayodi would land for Kenya on the restart, Adema missing the conversion with the scores now 14-12.

Andrew Amonde would put Kenya ahead, scoring under the posts with Adema converting for a 19-14 lead before Harries’ try at the death took the match into extra time, 19-19 the scores at full time.

Ashley Evans would break Kenya’s hearts, his try in sudden death extra giving Wales the 24-19 result.
Kenya got through to the Dubai Sevens main cup quarter finals with a match to spare, beating France 14-5 in their second Pool A fixture. They fell 40-0 to New Zealand in their final group game.

Treu’s side have been pooled alongside Canada, Spain and the losing finalist in the Main Cup between Fiji and South Africa for the next stop in Port Elizabeth.