Kenya Crushes Tonga and USA at IRB World Sevens
An almost flawless Kenya crushed Tonga and
United States of America respectively on
Saturday to sail through to the main Cup
quarterfinals of the Gold Coast Sevens, the
opening leg of the IRB World Sevens Series.
The Kenyans, under interim coach Felix “Toti”
Ochieng were simply faultless against Tonga,
displaying great teamwork, with different
players scoring their six tries for a
comprehensive 38-0 victory.
Collins Injera and the new kid on the block,
Billy “The Big Kid” Odhiambo, scored a brace
of tries each as Kenya’s execution of their
basics were spot-on to annihilated USA 31-5.
However, Kenya’s perfect run in the Pool A was
ended by the Series and World champions
New Zealand. Structured and clinical, the All
Blacks run away with the game 31-0.
Kenya is now up against pool D winner
Australia at 5.42am on Sunday. New Zealand
take on Samoa at 4.48am, Fiji play England at
5.20am with Africa’s other representative
South Africa paying Wales at 6.04am.
The big shoes left by winger William “Lomu”
Ambaka seem to have found someone in
Odhiambo who gave Kenya its first try against
Tonga. Then Injera, who claimed three tries on
the first day for his 162nd of the Series, would
prove brutal, crushing through several tackles
on the wing to score. Biko Adema missed the
conversions but Kenya led 10-0.
Felix Ayange put Kenya 17-0 ahead at the
break with a try before Patrice Agunda sliced
through the middle for the fourth try. Eden
Agero crossed the line too for his maiden
Series try. Fabian Olando sealed the
Kenya had USA’s scalp two minutes into the
match with Injera, looking dicey to score and
Oscar Ouma would double seconds later to
leave the Americans in awe. The explosive
Odhiambo powered through to score but
Adema converted twice to put Kenya ahead
19-0 before the hooter.
Odhiambo and Injera would each complete
their hat trick of tries one as Agero converted
one. Just when they looked like going through
their opening two Pool matches without
conceding, the rapid Carlin Isles sped past for
a score despite a strong challenge from Collins
Injera on the try line.
New Zealand cashed in on Kenya’s frailty in
defence to strike effortlessly with five tries
through Joe Webber, who managed a brace,
Ambrose Curtis , Scott Curry and Waisake
Kenya captain Andrew Amonde and William
Ambaka, who is currently in France, were
quick to notice “The Big Kid” performance. “It
just shows the talent we have back home.
Willie (Ambaka) was a big loss but Billy has
stepped in,” said Amonde.