Kenya rugby15s played out to a 19-19 draw against its visitor Hong Kong side in a friendly game played at RFUEA ground on Sunday.
As Hong Kong referred to us Dragons was almost winning the match, Dennis Muhanji made a try as Kenya was training 14-19 against Kenyan side The Simbas at halftime.
Kenya made tries through George Nyambua, Alex Olaba, and Muhanji to leave the technical bench with a lot of work to do ahead of the second test match on Saturday next week at the same venue.
In the opening half dominated by Hong Kong, Kenya suffered a major blow when Nondescripts fly half Biko Adema limped off injured only three minutes after kick-off to be replaced by KCB’s Kenny Andola.
Hong Kong skipper Jack Parfitt was disappointed with the result but vowed to comeback stronger on Saturday next week when the last test match will take place at the same venue.
The visitors, who pinned Kenya on their half, saw their pressure bear fruits when Jack Parfitt dotted down a converted try to open the scoring in the eight minute.
With Kenya committing school boy errors, Hong Kong punished them, doubling the scores when Liam Slatem went over with a brilliant try that was converted to give his side a 14-0 lead.
Kenya pulled one back from a push try in the 22nd minute from Nyambua who was the only one in the squad from the team that played in the Gold Cup campaign away to Zimbabwe and Namibia.
A speedy Hong Kong side was very accurate in their swing passed forcing Patrice Agunda to be send to the sin bin for a high tackle, leaving Kenya one man down.
However, playing in his international full debut, youngster Olaba burst from the left to touch the whitewash on the stroke of half time but Andola missed the conversation to see Kenya lag two points behind at the breather.
Hong Kong started on a high, extending the lead from the left flank nine minutes in the second half thanks to a Slatem converted try that saw him complete a brace for a 19-12 scoreline.
Even with the introduction of experienced Samson Onsomu for Lyle Asiligwa, Kenya could not match Hong Kong’s performance, squandering a penalty that could have levelled matters.
Muhanji saved Kenya the blushes when he went over in the 65th minute for Andola to successfully convert.