Kenya second in Dubai
Africa Cup champions Kenya on Friday staged a spirited show to maul host United Arab Emirates 55-12
Africa Cup champions Kenya on Friday staged a spirited show to maul host United Arab Emirates 55-12 and finish second in the inaugural Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations in Dubai.
Hong Kong lifted the four nations trophy with an emphatic 37-3 victory over Brazil.
Kenya’s head coach Michael “Tank” Otieno was happy with his team’s performance saying it can only get better next season by taking another step.
“Finishing second in this calibre of tournament besides improving on their IRB World Ranking by four places to 35th is a good achievement,” said Otieno.
Kenyan opened their campaign with a 27-25 win over Brazil before losing to Hong Kong 17-44 before their Friday's recovery.
Hong Kong finished with 15 points from three bonus point victories while Kenya wound second with 10 followed by Brazil 6.
It’s Otieno’s hope that Kenya will get more international matches besides the annual Elgon Cup and Victoria Cup next season to further improve in IRB Ranking.
Fullback Vincent Mose scored the first of his brace of tries when he weaved through a wobbly UAE defence to cross the line.
Prop Vincent Ong’era would go for the second try then Mose was to strike again before eighth man Brian Okwomi went for another try from a rolling maul.
Mose converted two to make it 29-0 for Kenya at intervals
UAE ploughed a try back but Anthony Nyandigisi, Allan Omuka, Kevin Omiyo and David Ambunya were to score a try apiece as Ken Andola romped with three conversion.
Another try by UAE wasn’t enough to tilt the scoreline.
The team is expected back on Saturday.
Meanwhile, two Kenya Cup matches that include defending champions Kenya Harlequin against league leaders Strathmore have been postponed.
The other match that has been differed is between Mean Machine from the University of Nairobi and Homeboyz.
The changes have been necessitated after Quins, who had 15 players with the national 15s and sevens team, lost to Homeboyz last weekend 5-12.
Subsequently, the Machine tie has been moved so as to allow the varsity side attend the Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) games that start today in Ruaraka.
However, after celebrating their maiden Kenya Cup victory over Machine last weekend, Kisumu have to come back to the world as they host Mwamba at the Kisumu Stadium.
Impala will host Nakuru at the Impala Sports Club while Kenya Commercial Bank that is the only side yet to concede this season, host Nondescripts at Ruaraka Sports Club.
Victories for Mwamba or KCB should see them dislodge Strathmore from the top of the log.
The trio top with nine points each but Strathmore boast of better aggregate.