Voice of Sport

Kenya fail to do justice to reputation with poor play against Fiji

At the same time, Kenya Women Sevens had their first taste of top-flight international rugby with mixed results at Hong Kong where they were an invited team


KENYA played extremely poorly against Fiji in the last Pool “A” match in the Hong Kong Sevens on Saturday. They  slumped to a 5-43 defeat, blowing their last chance of qualifying for the Main Cup quarter-finals after an earlier upset 10-7 defeat by Wales.

At the same time, Kenya Women Sevens had their first taste of top-flight competition as an invited team in Hong Kong, lost three matches while reaching the final of the Bowl competition.

They went down 7-33 loss to hosts Hong Kong. Celestine Masinde scored Kenya’s lone try with Janet Awino converting.

Kenya reached the Bowl Final with a 12-5 semi-final win over Papua New Guinea, Awino scoring and converting her own try with Janet Akello adding another touchdown.

Miss out

The Kenyan girls had earlier lost their two preliminary Pool ‘C’ matches, going down 0-35 to France and 7-24 to China to miss out on the Main Cup semi-finals.

Head Coach Kevin Wambua, speaking from Hong Kong, said, ” It’s been a great outing for the ladies, we have picked up many valuable lessons from our participation in this tournament and this will surely give us the impetus to improve our performances moving forward.”

Kenya Women Sevens:

  1. Doreen Remuor (Captain)
  2. Camilyne Awuor (Vice-captain)
  3. Catherine Abila
  4. Celestine Masinde
  5. Emily Woods
  6. Irene Otieno
  7. Janet Owino
  8. Janet Okello
  9. Mary Musieka
  10.  Philadelphia Olando
  11.  Rachel Adhiambo
  12.  Stacy Awuor

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Kenya results:

V Sri Lanka, won 41-0

V Wales, lost 7-10

V Fiji, lost 5-43

Fixtures, Sunday March 30:

25.  –  10:00  Kenya 0 – 0  Scotland QF Bowl
26. –  10:22  Argentina 0 – 0  Spain QF Bowl
27. –  10:44  Samoa 0 – 0  Sri Lanka QF Bowl
28. –  11:06  France 0 – 0  Portugal QF Bowl
29. –  11:28  Fiji 0 – 0  United States QF Cup
30. –  11:50  England 0 – 0  South Africa QF Cup
31. –  12:12  New Zealand 0 – 0  Wales QF Cup
32. –  12:34  Australia 0 – 0  Canada QF Cup