RUGBY: Kenya 7s Ranked As Top Seeds For Final Round Of African 2016 Olympic Qualifiers

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The Kenya 7s team have been given top seed ranking for the final round of the men’s Rugby Sevens African 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers which will be played in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the weekend of November 14/15.

A total of 12 teams will take part in the qualifiers with the winner booking Africa’s sole berth to the 2016 Olympic games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Teams that will finish in positions 2, 3 and 4 will still get a chance to feature at the games as they will participate in a 16-team repechage tournament which will see the winner booking a to the event.

The repechage tournament will feature two teams from South America (Uruguay and Chile), four teams from Europe (Spain, Russia, Germany and Ireland), two teams from North America (Mexico and Canada), three teams from Asia (To Be Confirmed), and two teams from Oceania.

The repechage tournament dates will be determined once each continent has concluded its qualifying tournaments. The teams taking part in the African qualifiers are Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tunisia, Namibia, Uganda, Madagascar,Senegal, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, Nigeria and Botswana.

Already 8 teams have qualified with for Olympic games with only four remaining to be filled.

The qualified teams are hosts Brazil, teams that finished in the first four positions during the 2014-15 IRB Rugby Sevens tournament (Fiji, South African, New Zealand and Great Britain), South American Champions (Argentina), European Champions (France) and North American Champions (USA).

The slots waiting to be filled are of those Africa, Asia, Oceania and winner of the repechage tournament.

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USA 7S: Kenya stay in contention for QuarterFinal berth

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With action coming to a close on the opening day of the USA Sevens, the fifth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series taking place in Las Vegas, Kenya is still in with a chance of reaching the cup quarterfinals from a very competitive Pool B.

Kenya started their campaign with a 22-21 win over Canada while England edged Argentina 19-17. The second round of matches saw Kenya fall 14-19 to the Argentines while Canada stunned England 15-12 to leave the pool wide open heading into the final of fixtures.

Below is the analysis of how the Kenyans performed:

Kenya 22 Canada 21 (HT 12-14)

Felix Ochieng’s troops trailed 0-14 early in this fixture but pulled one back through Michael Wanjala’s unconverted effort before Lavin Asego converted Dan Sikuta’s try to see them trail by two points at the break.

A third converted try saw Canada pull away, 21-14 they led but two late tries from Sikuta and Billy Odhiambo sealed the win.

Kenya 14 Argentina 19 (HT 7-14)

A marked improved for Kenya against an Argentina side that beat them 31-7 last weekend. The Argentines still had the upper hand, going 14-0 up through two converted tries before Oscar Ayodi opened for Kenya, his converted try seeing them trail by seven points at the break.

A third try in early second half saw Argentina go 19-7 up. Lavin Asego would convert Billy Odhiambo’s try to make it 19-14.

Kenya will rue the inability to turn possession in points late in the game and face England at 12.30 am in a match they must win to keep their cup quarter final dream alive.