The Kenya Sevens national team dropped to the trophy challenge at the HSBC Dubai Sevens after falling 12- 17 to Australia in the Friday 2 December clash staged as from 5.2pm.
Kenya’s start was not the best is the game as the team conceded the first try only seconds after the opening whistle with the experienced Ed Jenkins touching down his 107th World Series try. Kenya would have further fallen behind had Stannard successfully converted.
The youthful Charlie Taylor got his first sevens try to make it 10 – 0 for Australia but Stannard’s kick for the conversion fell short and Willy Ambaka reduced the deficit for Kenya with his third try of the weekend before Brian Tanga converted to see the clash head to the break with Kenya trailing 7 – 10.
On resumption, Kenya showed urgency and it paid off with the team taking the lead for the first time in the match after Billy Odhiambo’s try but Tanga missed the target with his conversion.
Kenya seemed to be primed for the winning try before losing the ball deep in the Australia area and Taylor stole the moment with a big run that ended in him getting his second try of the game and sevens career.
Stannard wrapped up a miserable afternoon for Kenya with a well taken conversion.