Another Bowl for poor Kenya
Posted Friday, December 9 2011 at 22:51
- Defeats to hosts South Africa and Australia take Ocholla’s charges down
Kenya had little to offer against a flawless South Africa and Australia as they dropped to the Bowl category of South Africa Sevens in Port Elizabeth.
Mitch Ocholla’s charges never looked threatening but meek against hosts Springboks, who tore through at will, dominating in the rucks, line-out and attack for an effortless 45-0 win.
The East African lads’ meek defensive skills and tackles failed to win possession against the Wallabies, who extinguished their second half surge to win 31-14.
The outcome against Canada in their last Pool C match would have no bearing as both sides slumped to the Bowl.
Steven Hunt went for the first of his four tries when he was put through after a penalty in Kenya’s 22 before Cecil Afrika cashed in on poor cover in kick-off for the touchdown.
Flashes of brilliance
Some superlative and efficient teamwork saw Afrika connect Hunt from a line-out off Kenya’s half for his second try before he grabbed his hat-trick after a flawless passing from the Boks to lead 26-0 at intervals.
Hunt, Mark Richards and Johanes Prinsloo finished off the Kenyans with tries as Branco du Preez converted five of the sevens tries.
Dubai Sevens Plate winners Australia rattled Kenya with tries from Greg Jeloudev, captain Ed Jenkins, Jordan Tuapou and Pama Fou. The Kenyans, who tackled but failed to gain possession, trailed 0-19 at half time.
There were some flashes of brilliance in their up from Patrice Agunda and Andrew Amonde for Oscar Ouma to complete with a hard-earned try.
Kenya claimed possession from kick-off before Kennedy Moseti burst through to lay Leon Adongo for a try that reduced the deficit at 14-19.
The Wallabies were emphatic in reply with Tuapou and Fou tries.
It is the third time in a row that Kenya are slipping to the Bowl and further to Shield at Gold Coast Sevens and Dubai Sevens, a tough call both for Ocholla and his young charges as their harsh and demanding fans continue to grow restless.
Inexperience could be a factor for their awful defence, passes, tackles and myriad of mistakes but many, including their sponsor Kenya Airways, expect results.
How Ocholla intends to bring their campaign back on track in Wellington and Las Vegas after his maiden tour as head coach is yet to be known.
Further, the $1,000 (Sh89,000) bonus for each player by reaching the main Cup quarter-final remains elusive.
Fiji, Wales, Samoa, France and New Zealand, also maintained an unbeaten run after their opening two matches on day one as the 2011 Dubai Sevens champions England lost to Samoa in their second match and were due for a crunch Argentina test.