Kenya 7s’ roared their way to the main cup quarter finals of the Singapore leg of the HSBC World Sevens series after a 17 – 7 win over Samoa in their final Pool C clash on Saturday (April 15). The win was the second for Shujaa after they beat Argerntina in their opening game before losing to Australia in the second.
Kenya 7s had good reflexes in the opening exchanges and excellent cover defending from Nelson Oyoo prevented Alamanda Motuga from getting an early first try for Samoa, who are managed by a one time prospective Kenya coach Gordon Tietjens. The two teams could not be separated after five minutes of the clash but soon after it exploded to life.
Samoa off the blocks
Samoa were the first to get a try after Gordon Langkilde’s phenomenal work rate and desperate scramble over the line that called on the referee to quickly check with the TMO before awarding the try and Tila Mealoi made it seven with a successful conversion.
Andrew Amonde however gave it a captain’s contribution with a powerful surge through the Samoan defence after a mistake by Samoa who seemed to be going for their second try but lost the ball three yards out. Sammy Oliech completed the moment of greatness with a successful conversion to level matters at the dome heading to the break.
Nelson Oyoo gave Kenya the lead on resumption before Samoa had two players sin binned in what came to be a massive blow for the men in blue even though they had a let off with Sammy Oliech missing the conversion.
Samoa were further reduced with Matty Tuatagaloa’s sin bin and the numerical advantage for Kenya showed with Nelson Oyoo getting the third try for Kenya to make it 17 but Eden Agero missed the conversion as the teams held on to have the tie end 17 – 7.
At the end of Kenya’s game it was a nervy wait on the result in the Australia – Argentina game and it came as relief with Australia winning 19 – 7 to see Kenya finish second in the pool.
Kenya will continue with the defence of their Singapore title when they take on England in the main cup quarters at 8:36am on Sunday (April 16).