NAIROBI, Kenya, March 28 – Kenya’s hopes of reaching a second Main Cup quarter-final this season crashed when they were relegated the Bowl, after failing to register a win in Pool D at the sixth round of the Rugby World Sevens Series in Hong Kong on Saturday.
Kenya will now seek to collect eight points as they did in Las Vegas when they face Canada in the Bowl quarter-finals Sunday morning at 4:30am.
England relegated Felix Ochieng charges to the Bowl in the opening Day Two fixture, after overcoming the Kenyans 17-7 before losing 19-12 to Wales in their last preliminary fixture to see Shujaa trail the pool on three points.
Against England, vice captain and the country’s record scorer Collins Injera, grounded the only try for Kenya with England who collected their second win founding their tries through Tom Bowell, James Rodwell and Phil Burgess.
Felix Ochieng charges will know their opponents in the Bowl after they play their final preliminary fixture against Wales at 10: 12am who have also lost two matches after going down 40-12 to Mike Friday’s USA.
Kenya who began the match lively seeking to bounce back from Friday’s 21-24 defeat to USA, lost possession in the fourth minute after conceding a penalty at the centre, to see England restart the build-up brilliantly to enable Bowel open the scoring from a well crafted unconverted try from the left corner.
The English men continued with their dominance, managing to break through the Kenyan defence once again to ground their second unconverted try through Rodwell who powered Daniel Sikuta to ground the set piece try from the left corner as Shujaa trailed 10-0 at the break.
Injera brought back Kenya into the game on resumption when he dispossessed England’s Marcus Watson from the rack, to exploit space and power to the try line for his second try of the tournament and 192nd career try, Lavin Asego converted to cut the deficit to 10-7.
Asego would then release Billy Odhiambo down the left flank, Odhiambo gaining thirty meters but his rash final delivery to his support player was punished by England who intercepted the pass to extend the lead through Burgess counter attack try as Tom Mitchell converted for the full time result.
-Fail to make amends-
Kenya failed to make amendments in their final group match, as Luke Morgan’s brace of tries ensured Shujaa bow out from the Main Cup competition winless.
Morgan got the Welsh up and running with a sizzling run down the right flank before Sikuta responded with a powerful run to touch down his 10th career try as Asego’s conversion went through for a 7-5 lead at the interval.
Sikuta almost grabbed a brace when he found space to power through the left but Morgan denied him with a tackle as replacement scrum half Felix Ayange, cleaned up to find Billy Odhiambo who glided in from close range after good ground work in midfield to extend the lead.
Wales were undaunted, as Morgan changed pace before letting in Rhodri Williams level matters, minutes before Morgan proved the show stopper with a jump stop and burst to the try line for the winner.