BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Kenya is one of 15 rugby teams that have enjoyed a permanent participation in all nine rugby circuits in the last few seasons. That being the case, much was pegged on them this season especially after a convincing 4th place finish at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in 2013.However, this season has been a downright disappointment and this past weekend’s Hong Kong circuit has epitomized this seasons’ performance.
First they were beaten by USA, a team coached by former coach of Kenya, Mike Friday, by a 21-14 margin, a margin that left Kenyan fans somewhat bewildered as at half –time the team was 14-0 up. Next up was a somewhat improved performance against England but still a loss as they slumped to a 17-7 loss consigning them to the bowl. Their third game against Wales which most thought would be a straightforward win became another disappointing game as they slumped to a 19-12 loss.
If the group stage was an ailment then the bowl semi-final was definitely no cure as Kenya slumped to a 21-10 defeat by Canada, another team they were also expected to cruise past with considerable ease. However, they dusted themselves off at the shield Semi’s thrashing Portugal 21-0 before brushing aside Japan 26-7 in the shield final to lift the shield, a worthy consolation for a disappointing outing as they think about the next circuit which is in Tokyo in a week. On the bright side Collins Injera made history by being the record try scorer at Hong Kong with 26 tries. Captain Andrew Amonde claimed that the side were happy at least claim the shield as it would boost their morale going into Tokyo next weekend.