England hand Kenya second Dubai 7s loss


The national sevens rugby team Shujaa huddle before the game against South Africa on day ...
The national sevens rugby team Shujaa huddle before the game against South Africa on day one of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton on 26 January, 2019. (PHOTO/Courtesy/ World Rugby)

In Summary

  • England soared top of Pool D with a 12-5 victory over Shujaa as the Kenyans were punished for a disjointed team display in their second group match at the Dubai Sevens on Friday
  • Kenya had gone down 17-12 in their opener on Thursday and needed a response against the English who struck first when Lindsay Hague side stepped his way to score under the posts in the third minute

England soared top of Pool D with a 12-5 victory over Shujaa as the Kenyans were punished for a disjointed team display in their second group match at the Dubai Sevens on Friday.

Kenya had gone down 17-12 in their opener on Thursday and needed a response against the English who struck first when Lindsay Hague side stepped his way to score under the posts in the third minute.

Tom Emery converted to put England 7-0 at halftime with Kenya coach Paul Feeney electing to bring on skipper Andrew Amonde, Alvin Otieno, Nelson Oyoo, Jeffrey Oluoch and Dan Sikuta to try and push in for a win.

Substitute Alvin Otieno had a clear chance to equalize for Shujaa but was denied by a last tackle from HSBC top try scorer in the HSBC series Dan Norton.

England’s substitute Biddy got a pass after a hard fight from Emelly to score their second try in the 11 the minute Emery missing the conversion to bring the score at 12-0.

Nelson Oloo found his way from the 22 metres line scoring Kenya’s first try with winger Daniel Taabu missing the extras at the 12th minute to make it 12-5.

The match ended 12-5 at full time Shujaa committing 15 fouls against England’s 10, while England had four offsides against Kenya’s two.

Shujaa play their last Pool D match against Spain at 6:32 pm (EAT).

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