Kenya’s World Cup dream extinguished by Hong Kong
Simba's hopes of World Cup slot quashed
Kenya’s hopes of making it into next year’s World Cup in Japan went up in smoke on Saturday after suffering their second consecutive loss in the repechage tournament in France, losing 42-17 to Hong Kong. Adding on to their 69-15 thumping at the hands of Canada in their opening game of the tournament last weekend, Kenya’s hopes are extinguished.
Canada picked up their second win beating Germany and now look set to qualify for Japan. The only way they will not qualify is if they lose to Hong Kong in their final game and Kenya beats Germany in the final day of the tournament next weekend.
The Simbas lost an early 12-0 lead to see Hong Kong come back and put a strong performance especially in the second half.
Hong Kong ran in six converted tries against Kenya’s three tries -one of which was converted by Sammy Oliech.
Kenya was off to a good start with Tony Onyango dotting down the first try converted by Sammy Oliech before Elkeans Musonye dotted down after a brilliant team play from Kenya off a scrum inside their own 22.
But, the joy was short lived with Max Denmark crossing over after taking advantage of a knock on from Nelson Oyoo. The conversion went in as they went to the break with a five point deficit.
Upon resumption, Hong Kong stretched the lead further, Toby Fenn making in an easy try with conversion added for a 14-12 lead. Thomas Lamboley added on his brace as Hong Kong stretched further to lead 21-12.
Tony Onyango restored some hope with a well worked try, but Hong Kong kept their surge with Lamboley completing his brace and two more tries from Nick Hewson and Lewis Werner finishing off the job.