England won the Cape Town Rugby Sevens second meeting of the World Sevens Series after beating home team as Kenya climbed two places up to 10th after finishing sixth and collecting 12 points
Kenyan team captained by Andrew Amonde showed solidarity with the families of two players Ogeto Gecheo (Nondescripts RFUC) and Victor Wayodi (Mwamba RFC) who died within a space of one week while playing in the top tier Kenya Cup league.
Gecheo died last weekend from spinal injuries in the match against Strathmore University while Wayodi died on Saturday in Mwamba’s tie against Nakuru RFC.
The gesture by the Kenyan players was beamed to millions of rugby fans and players in the world during the two day tournament.
Andrew Amonde, the Kenya captain, on behalf of the team sent heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the players from Cape Town.
It was in this sombre mood that Kenya opened their second day of the main cup quarter final losing to New Zealand 7-28 before bouncing back to beat Wales 19-14 in the fifth and sixth place semi-final play off and losing to Fiji.
England upset hosts and the defending champions South Africa 19-17 to win the gold in a gripping final. New Zealand finished third while France bagged the Challenge Trophy.
The teams take a deserved break for the Christmas and New Year Holidays before heading for the third and fourth legs in New Zealand and Australia.
Kenya 19 Wales 14
Owen Jenkins opened the scores for Wales and Ethan Davies converted for a 7-0 lead after only three minutes. Two minutes later, Lloyd Evans added the second tries and Davies was sure to stretch the lead 14-0.
Coach Innocent Simiyu made one change before the break by introducing Darwin Mukidza. After the restart, he also threw in Nelson Oyoo in the ninth minute.
Kenya started the comeback in the 10th minute when William Ambaka touched down and Brian Tanga converted to narrow the gap 14-7 in the Welsh favor.
Mukidza justified his inclusion with a try in the 12th minute. Tanga missed the conversion to tie the scores.
With only one and a half minutes left, Dan Sikuta came on while Wales brought on four subs. Ambaka scored the winning try and Tanga converted for the win.
Kenya 21 Fiji 33
Kenya and Fiji met for the second time in Cape Town and for the third time after only two tournaments in the World Sevens Series. Sevuloni Mocenacagi opened the scores for Fiji in the second minute and Osea Kolonisau converted as Fiji led 7-0.
Kenya roared back with a try through William Ambaka and Augustine Lugonzo added the extras to tie the scores 7-7.
When Mocenacagi was yellow carded in the fifth minute, Kenya used the numerical advantage to score a try through Andrew Amonde. Lugonzo added the conversion for Kenya to lead 14-7. Kalione Nasoko replied for Fiji and Josua Vici converted to tie the scores 14-14 in the ninth minute.
On resumption, Nelson Oyoo came on but it was Tuwai who broke the deadlock in the eighth minute and Kitione Taliga converted for the lead to change hands 21-14 for Fiji. The lead lasted for only a few seconds before Oyoo raced over and Lugonzo converted to tie the scores 21-21 for the second time.
Leonard Mugaisi came on in the 11th minute but one minute later, Nemani Negusa broke the deadlock for the third time scoring for Fiji and Kolonisau converted for a 28-21 lead. Vici scored the decisive try for Fiji in the 15th minute.
Cape Town Sevens day two results
Cup quarter finals: South Africa 33 Wales 0, New Zealand 28 Kenya 7, Scotland 24 USA 19, Fiji 26 England 31; Semi-finals: South Africa 14 New Zealand 7; Scotland 14 England 33; Final: South Africa 17 England 19.
Third and fourth place Bronze final: New Zealand 24 Scotland 19.
5th place semi-final play-off: Wales 14 Kenya 19, USA 12 Fiji 28; 5th/6th place final: Kenya 21 Fiji 33.
Challenge Trophy quarter finals: Australia 42 Uganda 12, Argentina 33 Japan 12, Samoa 14 Russia 17, France 42 Canada 14; Semi finals: Australia 17 Argentina 21, Russia 12 France 17; Final: Argentina 7 France 19.
13/14th place semi-finals: Uganda 21 Japan 17, Samoa 24 Canada 26; Final, 13th/14th:Uganda 10 Canada 19.
Day one results
Pool A: South Africa, Australia, USA, Russia; Australia 0 USA 19, South Africa 41 Russia 0, Australia 36 Russia 0, South Africa 28 USA 10, USA 26 Russia 17, South Africa 29 Australia 7.
Pool B: Fiji, France, Kenya, Japan; France 14 Kenya 33, Fiji 33 Japan 7, France 50 Japan 7, Fiji 28 Kenya 22, Kenya 24 Japan 5, Fiji 28 France 19.
Pool C: England, New Zealand, Argentina, Canada; New Zealand 26 Argentina 12, England 33 Canada 10, New Zealand 19 Canada 19, England 19 Argentina 14, Argentina 43 Canada 14, England 7 New Zealand 33.
Pool D: Wales, Scotland, Samoa, Uganda; Scotland 21 Samoa 19, Wales 29 Uganda 7, Scotland 38 Uganda 7, Wales 17 Samoa 0, Samoa 29 Uganda 5, Wales 21 Scotland 24.
Standing: South Africa 41, England 39, Fiji 32, Scotland 27, New Zealand 27, Wales 25, Australia 18, USA 18, France 18, Kenya 17, Argentina 12, Samoa 8, Canada 6, Russia 6, Uganda 4, Japan 2.
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