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Boks beaten by Kenya in second game of Cape Town leg
- Updated: December 12, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
A weakened South African sevens side went down 14-12 to African neighbours Kenya in their second Pool B game of the Cape Town leg of the series on Saturday.
After the earlier game saw them getting past another African side in the form of Zimbabwe without too much trouble (26-5) the Blitzboks scored first but went into the halftime break 7-14 down in front of a sell-out crowd of 48,000.
Just as in the first game, the Blitzboks were not only weakened by the loss of injured stalwarts Cecil Africa and Werner Kok, they were let down by poor basic skills with knock-ons and missed tackles being the order of the day.
Things started off brightly enough as the home side were up 2min into the game after Seabelo Senatla made it World Sevens Rugby try number 99 after Justin Geduld did great work before releasing perfectly down the left. Conversion good and it was 7-0.
SA then kicked off directly into touch… another error, and it cost them dearly with the Kenyans shifting right through more missed tackles and captain Collins Injera crossed for his 205th international sevens try.
Kenya then took the lead through big Willy Ambaka even though the pass looked like it may just have drifted forward.
The second half saw yet more errors by the home side but they dug deep and Chris Dry went over down the left after tap penalty in the centrefold.
The vital conversion was missed and it was 12-14 with three minutes to go.
SA finally had a golden chance to clinch things inside the last minute when Cheslin Kolbe looked to have scored the match-winner but a video review showed that he’d knocked the ball on centimetres beofre he was slid over.
South Africa then camped on the Kenyan line and Oscar Ouma’s yellow card saw the East Africans’ task’ made even harder but to their credit they held on.
Earlier England had drawn with Kenya but then beat Zimbabwe 43-0 leaving the final match of the day in this group between England and the Blitzboks being absolutely crucial to who tops the group and gets the more favourable draw going into the second day.