A new-look Kenya Sevens bowed out of Hamilton 7s, the third leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, with seven points after going down 36-7 to England in the Challenge Trophy final played at FMG Stadium Waikato on Sunday morning.
An experienced English lot dropped in five tries against Kenya's one by Vincent Onyala to take home eight points leaving Shujaa to settle for seven as runners up in the contest. Dan Bibby, TB Bowen and Dan Norton claimed a brace each to outscore the rebuilding Kenyan team.
With seven new points, the best this season, Kenya now improves its season collection to 11 ahead of Sydney 7s next weekend. To have made the final, Kenya had beaten Argentina 24-7 in the Challenge Trophy semis as England took out Spain 38-7.
Against the Pumas, skipper Jacob Ojee landed a brace on either side of Argentina's only try by Matteo Carreras. Cyprian Kuto and Brian Wahinya grabbed one apiece as Daniel Taabu converted twice. Argentina led 7-5 at half time.
Eliakim Kichoi debuts at HSBC
The win over Argentina was the third straight for Kenya after wins over France in their final pool C game and against Tonga in the quarters of the Challenge Trophy. The game saw the introduction of Mwamba's Seven's skipper Eliakim Kichoi who came on as a second half substitute.
He took over the place of William Reeve who made his debut against South Africa and featured against Scotland in the next games games against against France and Tonga. He became the tenth new player introduced to the Series for Kenya this season.