2 February 2013

Kenya Stun All Blacks for Main Cup Final

TWO tries from Oscar Ouma propelled Kenya to only their second Main Cup final in their history at Wellington Sevens as Shujaa stunned hosts New Zealand All Blacks 19-14 in extra time on Saturday morning.

Kenya were trailing by 14-0 at half time but Mike Friday's team roared back in emphatic fashion in the second half as 2nd half as Ouma went over with Biko Adema converting to halve the deficit.

Collins Injera was next to cross the white wash with Adema's boot doing the rest to bring the scores level at the final buzzer.

Ouma sealed history when he went over 42 seconds into the added period to lift Kenya to their first Main Cup final since the Adelaide Sevens in 2009.

Friday's team were left reeling in the first half when Tomasi Cama tore through the side to score nine points, a try and two conversions with Tim Mikkelson adding to the tally by going over.

Kenya topped Group B on maximum points on Friday before stopping the Baby Springboks of South Africa 21-20 in a breathtaking and close quarter final.

They were due to face England for the Main Cup after Ben Ryan's side booked their place in the final beating Samoa 21-19. Trailing 12-0, Christian Lewis-Pratt (twice) and Marcus Watson gave them a 21-12 lead which proved enough despite Lio Lolo's effort.

The hosts New Zealand are the only side to have made all four Cup quarter finals this season and booked their place in the semi final by beating neighbours Australia 24-5 thanks to two tries from Gillies Kaka.

In what was arguably the most entertaining quarter final, Kenya defeated African rivals South Africa 21-20.

Having trailed 15-7 and 20-14, Willy Ambaka scorched away to score his second try of the match to snatch a 21-20 victory for Mike Friday's side with four missed conversions proving decisive for South Africa.

In the first Cup quarter final England beat the Auld Enemy 31-7 thanks to two tries from both Watson and Dan Norton, while the islanders defeated Argentina by the same score.

It is the first Cup competition Ben Ryan's side have competed in this season, having missed out in the first three rounds

France were the first team to fall to the charging Kenyans who arrived in Wellington late due to flight issues when the Le Bleu went down 24-20 with Argentina (12-0) and Tonga (17-10) bowing down as Kenya completed the clean sweep.

Copyright © 2013 Capital FM. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.