Kenya's poor run in the Dubai Sevens continued in their last Pool “B” duel where they lost 43-12 to Fiji to drop to the Challenge Trophy of Dubai Sevens on Friday at the Sevens Stadium, United Arab Emirates.
Tries from Samuel Motari and Jeff Oluoch fell short as the Fijians gave new Kenya Sevens head coach Paul “Pau” Murunga a rude welcome to the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Dubai Sevens was Murunga’s first assignment in the Series as Kenya Sevens head coach even though he deputised Benjamin Ayimba during the 2015/2016 Series where they won Singapore Sevens, Shujaa’s first ever win.
Murunga didn’t have the luxury of most of his experienced players Collins Injera, Andrew Amonde and Nelson Oyoo, who were away with Kenya Simbas for their 2019 Rugby World Cup Repechage qualifier.
Sevuloni Mocenacagi opened the charts for the Fijians as Kalione Nasoko and Amenoni Nasilasila followed suit to lead 17-0 before Motari struck with his maiden try for Kenya. Fiji led 17-7 at the break.
Jerry Tuwai dotted to score before Nasoko completed his brace of tries as substitutes Apenisa Cakaubalavu and Vatemo Ravouvou piled more misery on the Kenyans with a try each.
Kenya started their campaign on a losing note, going down to Scotland and France 34-14 and 21-17 respectively.
With three losses, Kenya now drops from the Main Cup to the Challenge Trophy.