Kenya U20 beat Hong Kong in final World U20 Trophy group-stage match

Kenya U20 concluded the World Rugby U20 Trophy group stage with a strong performance, securing a 22-16 victory over Hong Kong China in their final pool match.

With this crucial win, Kenya will now rise to the third position in the group standings and qualify to compete in the fifth-place playoffs.

Kenya U20 start off

The match kicked off on an impressive note for Chipu, with Mike Oduor scoring a try just five minutes into the game. Eddy Murage successfully converted the try, giving Kenya an early lead.

However, Hong Kong’s Dylan Mccann responded with a penalty, and Tyler Mcnutt scored a try for the visitors, with Mccann adding the extra points. This gave Hong Kong a 10-7 lead by the 13th minute.

Kenya U20 in a past training session. photo/KRU
Kenya U20 in a past training session. photo/KRU

Murage managed to score another penalty for Kenya, levelling the score at 10-10 after 22 minutes of play.

Joe Denmark from Hong Kong received a yellow card, and Kenya skillfully capitalized on their numerical advantage as birthday boy Jacktone Omondi crossed over for a try, putting Kenya in the lead with a score of 15-10 four minutes before halftime.

The second half saw Mike Oduor score another try for Kenya, which was successfully converted, extending their lead to 22-16. Hong Kong added six points through penalties, they couldn’t overcome Kenya’s determined performance.

Kenya U20 line up in a World Rugby U20 Trophy. PHOTO/KRU
Kenya U20 line up in a World Rugby U20 Trophy. PHOTO/KRU

15.Faran Juma, 14. Victor Odhiambo, 13. Alvin Mwamburi, 12. Mike Wamalwa (captain), 11. James Olela, 10. Eddy Wambugu, 9. Patrick Wainaina, 1. Geylord Ngasi, 2. George Otieno, 3. Mike Oduor, 4. Edmund Omondih, 5. Andy Cole Omolo, 6. Laban Kipsang, 7. Vincent Omondi, 8. Jacktone Omondi

REPLACEMENTS 16. Jeremy Odhiambo, 17. Brian Makaya, 18. Raymond Chacha, 19. Stanslous Shikoli, 20. James Tsinalo, 21. Brian Mwendwa, 22. Spencer Davies, 23. Raphael Wanga


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