Kenya drawn in tough IRB London sevens series
Kenya will open their campaign against Argentina, who they have met twice this season—winning one match and losing one.
Mitch Ocholla’s charges will then face Russia, which has been bogey team for them in the recent past, losing to them 24-7 in Tokyo leg. Kenya complete their fixtures against series leaders and winners of Glasgow leg New Zealand in their final game of the group. Kenya will be boosted by their performance in Glasgow, where they won the Shield after beating USA 22-14 in a tough clash final on Sunday.
In the Shield final, the Americans took the lead when Mikel Palefau crossed the line following hesitation by the Kenya defence. Folaa Niua kicked over the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
Kenya leveled almost immediately from the kick-off with the Willy Ambaka powering his way to the line. Lavin Asego kicked over the conversion for a 7-7 tie. The Ocholla charges began to boss the game at the rucks and possession and it came as no surprise when Felix Ayange darted into space to cross the line and touch down for an unconverted try and a 12-7 lead at the interval. Coach Mitch Ocholla expects his side to increase their points haul in the next leg in London. “We lost our three matches on Saturday but the boys showed character to win the two matches on Sunday and clinch the Shield category on Sunday,” added Ocholla. Kenya still have to improve in their ball retention and tackling if they harbour any hopes of qualifying for the Main Cup quarter-finals in London.
On resumption, the Kenyan boys came out firing on all cylinders and bullying the Americans at the set piece.