Charging Kenya Sevens flattens all on day one action

Kenya Sevens crushed Madagascar, Senegal and Mauritius to get their 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifying campaign underway at Barnard Stadium, Johannesburg.

Shujaa, who conceded only one try in the Pool “A” contest, touched down eight times to maul Madagascar 46-0 and sail through to the Cup quarters.

The Kenyans had earlier on dismissed Mauritius 50-5 before steamrolling Senegal 27-0.

Two quick kick-off tries from newcomer Frank Wanyama and Eden Agero followed by Collins Injera and a conversion by Agero saw Kenya lead 17-0 at the break.

Leonard Mugaisi made a solo run after latching on a re-start ball to cut all through for a try that Agero converted before Wanyama and Injera claimed a brace of tries.

William Ambaka and Dennis Ombachi would also cross the line for the emphatic victory.

Shujaa found themselves at a back foot when Mauritius scored first but were fast to regroup, scoring three unanswered tries through Ambaka, Billy Odhiambo and Andrew Amonde. Agero converted them for a 21-5 lead at the interval.

Odhiambo would go for a brace after the restart before Injera, debutantes Jeff Oluoch and Wanyama crossed the line. Biko Adema also scored a try and made three conversions for the victory.

Injera and Odhiambo were at the centre of things with classy tries that went converted against Senegal. Adema would convert Oluoch’s try as Kenya Sevens led 17-0 at the drinks.

Wanyama and Oscar Ayodi crossed the line to secure victory for Kenya you finished unbeaten on day with just one try conceded.

Teams will be seeded for the quarter-finals Sunday.


Kenya’s main rivals Zimbabwe and Namibia topped their respective Pool B and C. Namibia edged out Morocco 24-21 before thrashing Botswana 33-0 while Zimbabwe beat Nigeria 31-12, mauled Zambia 48-0 before crushing Uganda 43-0.

The winner will gain the single automatic berth to Rio 2016 while the next three will go through a final playoff.

Meanwhile, Kenya Sevens have been handed tough opponents in Pool “D” of Dubai Sevens, the opening leg of the 2015/2015 World Rugby Sevens Series due December 3 to 5 in United Arab Emirate.

The 2009 and 2013 Rugby World Cup semi-finalists will take on England, who have so far qualified for Rio Olympics, Australia and Wales.

England finished fourth during last season’s World Series after winning in Tokyo and finishing second in Wellington while Australia finished second in Dubai and London to wind fifth.

Wales wound 12th while Kenya 13th last season.

Kenya only managed two points from last year’s Dubai outing, losing to Canada 12-19 in Shield final.

Reigning series champions Fiji head Pool “A” while Dubai’s defending champions and the series’ second ranked side last season, South Africa, highlights Pool “B” against Scotland, Samoa and newly-promoted Russia.

Twelve-time series champions New Zealand face Mike Friday’s USA, who were winners in London, France and Portugal in Pool “C”.

Africa Rio Olympics qualifier results:

Kenya 50, Mauritius 5; Madagascar 33, Senegal 17; Nigeria 12, Zimbabwe 31; Uganda 47, Zambia 5; Botswana 7, Tunisia 24; Namibia 24, Morocco 21; Kenya 27, Senegal 0; Zimbabwe 48, Zambia 0; Tunisia 26, Morocco 10; Madagascar 27, Mauritius 29; Uganda 19, Nigeria 12; Kenya 46, Madagascar 0; Namibia 33, Botswana 0