Kenya 7s struggles on the World 7s Series scene continued as they picked six points in the Canada 7s held in Vancouver on 7 and 8 March 2020.
Shujaa only managed one win in the two-day event. The win was against Wales in the ninth-place quarters. The side had lost all the pool phase matches against New Zealand (29-0), Ireland (14-12), and Spain (17-14). The fourth loss came at the ninth-place semis against Scotland (12-7).
Surpassing 2019’s tally
With six points, Paul Feeney charges dropped a place down on the 7s Series log to position 12. The team has a total on 35 points in six tournaments. At this time of the season in 2018/19, the side had 18 points. The team is just two points away from surpassing the total tally of points picked last season.
Kenya have scored a total of 430 points which emanate from 70 tries and 40 conversions. They sit 13th on the overall scorer’s list. In Vancouver, Kenya scored nine tries, only Wales with eight and Japan with seven scored fewer tries than Shujaa. Shujaa have made 358 tackles, conceded seven yellow cards in 27 matches played in 2019/20 season.
Collins Injera who has played 424 matches was Kenya 7s top try scorer in Vancouver dotting three tries. The tries have seen him move to a total of eight tries in 15 appearances for Kenya. He is level with Alvin Otieno who has not scored in the last two tournaments and Willy Ambaka who didn’t play in Vancouver.
Last season’s top try-scorer Vincent Onyala bagged two tries in Vancouver and he stays top on the 2019/20 try scorers list after the six rounds. Andrew Amonde, Johnstone Olindi and Sammy Oliech are tied on four tries each.
On the points scorers log, Onyala has overtaken Daniel Taabu to lead the list with 65 points thanks to his 13 tries. Taabu had two conversions in Vancouver and he has extended tally to 59 points for Kenya.
Injera is third with 50 points following eight tries and five conversions for Shujaa. Ambaka and Otieno stay in the top five.
Onyala tops the list of Kenya 7s players with the most number of clean breaks this season. The KCB Rugby star has 10 clean breaks while Injera has nine. Otieno, Ambaka, Olindi complete the top five list.
Onyala has the most number of tackles (36) having overtaken Billy Odhiambo who was top of the log with 29 tackles before the Vancouver 7s.
Odhiambo has dropped to third while Andrew Amonde has moved second. The fourth slot is occupied by Jeff Oluoch. Dan Sikuta was among the top tacklers in Vancouver, tying with the likes of Daf Smith, Werner Kok and Paulin Riva who had 13 tackles each.
The 13 tackles have seen him enter the top five. Before the Vancouver tournament, he was 10th on the log.
Onyala, Olouch, Otieno, Odhiambo and Amonde are the players with the most carries this season. Kenya 7s will be back in action during the London 7s. The tournament is uncertain due to the Coronavirus outbreak.