Kenya’s Chipu downed by Japan in Brazil


Kenya's Chipu downed by Japan in Brazil

In Summary

  • Kenya's Under20 rugby team will face Canada for the 5th/6th place play-off on Saturday after losing 34-48 to Japan in their third pool match in the ongoing World Rugby U20's Trophy in Brazil
  • Paul Odera's charges were trailing 34-15 at halftime but three tries converting two helped chipu reduce the deficit to end the match 48-34

Kenya’s Under20 rugby team will face Canada for the 5th/6th place play-off on Saturday after losing 34-48 to Japan in their third pool match in the ongoing World Rugby U20’s Trophy in Brazil.

Paul Odera’s charges were trailing 34-15 at halftime but three tries converting two helped chipu reduce the deficit to end the match 48-34.

Forward Dominic Coulson continued with his current form scoring a penalty before setting up for Hibrahim Oyoo to score Chipu’s first try Coulson converting it.

Timothy Okwemba scored the second try which was converted by Coulson with Ian Masheti adding the third for Kenya, Coulson doing what he loves most converting it to give Kenya 24 points.

Samuel Asati paired with winger Geoffrey Okwach who went over the whitewash scoring two tries Asati converting one to finish the game 34-48 at full time.

Chipu finished third in the pool with five points three ahead of Brazil with Japan winning the Pool A with 15 points three ahead of 2008 champions Uruguay who finished second.

Kenya lost the opener match 63-11 to Uruguay before beating hosts Brazil 26-24.

Japan will face Portugal who topped Pool B with 15 points in the trophy finals while Uruguay will play against Tonga in the 3rd and 4th place play offs.

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