Kenya Sevens face tough task in Hong Kong

Kenya Sevens, who are chasing their first main Cup quarterfinals appearance this season, meet the Olympic champions at 2:37pm
SO KON PO, HONG KONG – MARCH 24: Felix Ayange #10 of Kenya breaks the tackle of Isoa Damu #1 of England during the match between England and Kenya on day two of the 2012 IRB Hong Kong Sevens at Hong Kong Stadium on March 24, 2012 in So Kon Po, Hong Kong. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Kenya Sevens face an uphill task when they face Cape Town and Hamilton Sevens champions Fiji in their opening match at the Hong Kong Sevens on Friday.

Kenya Sevens, who are chasing their first main Cup quarterfinals appearance this season, meet the Olympic champions at 2:37pm.

Paul Murunga’s charges will then meet World Champions New Zealand, who also have two wins from Dubai and Sydney, at 7:51pm.

Kenya, the 2016 Singapore Sevens champions, will then wrap up their Pool “C” outing against Australia, who have only missed reaching the main Cup once this season, at 11:33pm.

Kenya who are flirting with relegation, go into the seventh leg of the World Series in 14th place with 18 points, while All Blacks are second in the Series with 106 points after winning the fifth place in the previous leg of Canada, beating England 26-19 in the final.

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Fiji are placed third in the Series with 101 points after they claimed bronze in Canada, beating USA in the play-off for third.
Australia are placed sixth with 65 points after they staged their worst performance this season in Canada, where they settled for the Challenge Trophy after beating hosts 35-21 in the final.

Kenya has met the Fijians thrice this season, losing in both occasions in the preliminary round, 43-12 in Dubai, 38-7 in Cape Town and 36-12 in Canada. They have met Australia once in the Challenge Trophy quarterfinals in Canada, where they went down 47-7.

Murunga is confident of good results having worked on the team’s combinations and team play in view of finding the right tone between the old and young players.

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Among the senior players who will be in action for the first time this season are former skipper Andrew Amonde, skipper Jeff Oluoch, Nelson Oyoo, Augustine Lugonzo, Dan Sikuta and Bush Mwale.

Eden Agero, who captained the team in Dubai and Cape Town before staying away, is also back.

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