Kenya 7s and South Africa enter the Cup Quarter Final on day three of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 men's competition on 15 December, 2019. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Kenya 7s thrash South Africa to finish second in Pool B at Hamilton


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Kenya 7s ended a 14-match losing streak to South Africa, thrashing the side 36-14 in the final Pool B clash at Hamilton 7s to finish second behind England.

A defeat to England and a draw against Japan on Saturday had ended Kenya 7s semifinal dream. As they ran on the pitch, Shujaa were eyeing a win to earn a higher rank in the bracket deciders draw.

South Africa were also out of the Cup semis and had a similar target as Kenya. They were also seeking to get the 15th straight win over Kenya having last lost to them on 12 December 2015 in Cape Town. Kenya would, however, dominate the clash to end bad run against the fellow continent men in the series.

Kenya first attempt to beat SA was through a kick and but the ball was cleared before Willy Ambaka got it, the resultant lineout saw Shujaa retain possession and earn a penalty while Cecil Afrika was set off for a sin-bin.

Paul Feeney charges made the numerical advantage count as  Alvin Otieno quickly released Ambaka who scored the first try. As South Africa were in the race to respond, Collins Injera intercepted JC Pretorius pass and fed Geoffrey Okwach who raced on to score a converted try for Kenya on his first tournament at the World 7s Series.

Injera got his 272nd  try at the seventh minute while Muller du Plessis pulled back for  South Africa before halftime.

On return from the break, Kenya had a turnover and Jeff Olouch landed the fourth try for the East Africans, but he has sent off two minutes to time for a sin-bin and Zain Davids scored the second try for SA.

Kenya 7s landed the fifth try after Vincent Onyala gained ground from a picked and go and released the ball to the oncoming Otieno who scored to put the game beyond South Africa. Onyala sealed the victory with a try at the death to ensure got huge win for Kenya,

Kenya will know their next opponent after the pool matches.

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