Kenya 7s failed to pick a single win in the Sydney 7s after falling to Tonga 20-17 in the 13th place Semis staged at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.
Prior to this match, Paul Murunga’s charges had lost all of their opening four games and they were seeking to redeem themselves in this match.
Tonga on their part came to this seeking to revenge last weekend loss 19-12 to Kenya. They would win the ball from the line out and channeled it to the left before John Tapueluelu dived over for the opening try.
Kenya’s response came after four minutes of search but they were unable to add the extras. Tonga reclaimed the lead after a quick reaction by Tapueluelu from a penalty.
Mwamba ace Daniel Taabu combined with his teammate Eliakim Kichoi and the latter leveled the scores for a 10-10 tie at the break.
After the restart, teenager Lotu Inisi added the third try for Tonga. Kenya would lead for the first time in the clash after Vincent Onyala raced and pounced on Taabu’s kick. The try was converted for a 17-15 lead.
Akuila Tuha carded but his absence could not stop Tonga winning it. Potolaka Maake took the ball from the back of the ruck and held off a tackle to dot down.
Challenge Trophy Quarters
Japan 31 – 19 Tonga 7s
Argentina 7s 36 – 12 Samoa 7s
Canada 35 – 21 Scotland
Fiji 22 – 17 Australia
New Zealand 28 – 5 France
South Africa 5 – 26 England
13th place semis
Tonga 20-17 Kenya 7s