The Star (Nairobi)

20 May 2012

Kenya: Hosts Beat Locals in the Final of Roma Sevens Tournament

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Kenya's Dennis Ombachi scored a last minute to earn the country 14-14 draw against England in Australia.

Kenya lost to Roma 27-10 in the final of the Roma Sevens played yesterday in Rome. Kenya were quick off the blocks with Strathmore winger Felix Ayange crossing the line.

The Italians, playing with a mixture of top professionals spread across Europe, leveled matters with Aplosi Satala crossing the line.

The Italians dominated territory and possession and it came as no surprise when Gigi Canavasco touched down and kicked over the conversion for a 12-5. On resumption, Scott Curry and Edwin Cocker combined with Cocker to cross the line and widen the advantage to 19-5.

Mwamba's Dennis Ombachi reduced the deficit to 19-10 with a well taken try. The Italians regrouped and two further tries ended Kenya's hope of landing any silverware in the tournament.

Kenya had qualified for the final after edging out Argentina by virtue of having scored more tries than the South Americans. The match was tied at 5-5 after extra time with Michael Agevi scoring the try for Kenya.

Kenyans scored 20 tries to Argentina's 12 in the preliminary matches and quarter-finals to book their ticket to the final. In the quarter-finals, Kenya edged past Geneva Barbarians 36-19.

Willy Ambaka and Felix Ayange scored two tries apiece with Mike Wanjala and Kevin Keegan scoring one try apiece. Biko Adema kicked over two conversions with Keegan adding a conversion.

Coach Mitch Ocholla was happy with the performance in a highly competitive tournament and said they were keen to see the development of young players before the start of the 2012-2013 IRB series at the end of the year.

"We are keen to see the development of players who have played in the tournament and once we arrive home, we will see who to promote into the Kenya Sevens team for the IRB series.

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