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Hong Kong ends Kenya's World Cup dream
By Eric Njiru | Sat 17 Nov, 2018 19:59

Kenya lost it’s second match at the ongoing 2019 Rugby World Cup repechage tournament as they went down 42-17 to Hong Kong on Saturday Nov 17, 2018 in France.

The second defeat leaves Kenya’s completely dashed after Canada beat Germany 29-10 n the second match of the day. Kenya potentially have a role to play as spoilers against Germany on Friday.

After losing 9-26 in their opening match to Germany, Hong Kong are back to the fray after the bonus win over Kenya who remain bottom with no point. Both Canada and Hong Kong are on five points while Germany follows with four.

Hong Kong ran in six converted tries against Kenya’s three tries -one of which was converted by Sammy Oliech.

Tony Onyango opened the scoring for Kenya with Oliech adding the extras before an outrageous skill display saw Collins Injera set up Elkeans Musonye to land Kenya’s second and lead 12-7 at the interval.

Thomas Lamboley crossed over twice for Hong Kong with Toby Fenn, Nick Hewson, Lewis Werner and Max Denmark also getting on the scoresheet.

Kenya’s next and last match will be on Friday Nov 23 at 8pm against Germany while Hong Kong will take on Canada at 11pm on the same day.

"We are very excited about the last match. They bring everything and so we will. The game against Kenya was chaos, we lost our last three games and they really scared us," said Hong Kong captain James CUNNINGHAM.

Kenya captain Wilson K'Opondo said "we were in it for the longest time but a couple of moments towards the end we let it flip. We will do have a moment, we thank the fans and everyone. Big thank you to everyone who has supported us."

Repechage winner will slot into Pool B at RWC 2019 alongside defending champions New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia.


SCORING
HONG KONG 42

Tries – M. Denmark (29’), N. Hewson (49’), T. Fenn (53’), T. Lamboley 2 (64’, 70’), L. Warner (80’)
Cons – B. Rimene 4/4 (30’, 50’, 54’, 65’), M. Rosslee 2/2 (71’, 80’)

KENYA 17
Tries – T. Onyango 2 (15’, 57’), E. Musonye (21’)
Cons – S. Oliech 1/3 (16’)

 

TEAMS

HONG KONG
1 Ben Higgins (17 Dan Barlow HT), 2 Ben Roberts (16 Dayne Jans 50’), 3 Dylan Rogers (18 Jack Parfitt 27’), 4 James Cunningham (capt.), 5 Fin Field, 6 Nick Hewson, 7 Toby Fenn (19 Michael Parfitt 77’), 8 Kane Boucaut (20 Thomas Lamboley 27’), 9 Bryn Phillips (21 Liam Slatem HT), 10 Ben Rimene (22 Matt Rosslee 66’), 11 Max Denmark, 12 Ben Axten-Burrett, 13 Tyler Spitz (23 Lewis Warner 66’), 14 Salom Yiu, 15 Jamie Hood

KENYA
1 Patrick Ouko (17 Ephraim Oduor 66’), 2 Colman Were (16 Philip Ikambili 66’), 3 Joseph Odero (18 Hillary Mwanjilwa 58’), 4 Wilson Kopondo (capt.), 5 Malcolm Onsando (19 George Nyambua 66’), 6 Andrew Amonde (20 Martin Owilah 66’), 7 Elkeans Musonye (23 Dalmus Chituyi 66’), 8 Josh Chisanga, 9 Felix Ayange (21 Samson Onsomu 48’), 10 Samuel Oliech (22 William Reeve 66’), 11 Willy Ambaka, 12 Leo Seje, 13 Collins Injera, 14 Nelson Oyoo, 15 Tony Onyango

Eric Njiru
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