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Daily Nation : January 27th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday January 27, 2014 IRB SEVENS | Former coach Cardovillis says group loss to Canada messed up team’s chances No respite as beaten Kenyans drop to Bowl against Scotland in USA Going gets tough as Treu’s charges fail t qualify for Cup final f first time this season BY AYUMBA AYODI @AyumbaAyodi email@example.com K enya Sevens failed to for the Cup final for time this season and w to face Scotland in the Bowl nals of the USA Sevens in La last night. South Africa dashed Kenya for the main Cup when they in on lack of confidence by P side’s team and errors in ball h and tackling to win 7-19. Kenya’s other hopes of m their fourth straight Cup q were also hinged on Wales Canada but the history Canadians were to finish se Pool A after beating the form champions 21-19. To show just how the Kenya was competitive, South Afr Canada made it to the Cu finals. Canada earned their main Cup semi-final appear IRB Sevens rugby in 14 yea ing France 17-14 while defending USA Sevens champions South Africa mauled Argentina Pumas 36-0. Main Cup semis Canada were up against New Zea- land while South Africa booked a date with Samoa in the semi-finals that were due last night. The South Africans, the most recent winners of the HSBC Sevens World Series, had conceded just seven points in their four matches so far at the Sam Boyd Stadium. Blitzebokke stretched the Kenya defence as Werner Kok tore through two tackles for their first try. A breath-taking display from both side saw speedster Collins Injera weave through to level the proceedings at the hooter. The Kenyan defence was once again tested as Billy Odhiambo was sin-binned for infringement. Stephan Dippenaar dug to score before Seabelo Senatla conveted. Against Spain, Injera went for his 170th IRB World Sport 53 Huck targets Klitschko’s heavy crown Berlin German cruiserweight Marco Huck has said he wants to step up to the heavyweight division to face Wladimir Klitschko, who holds four of the five world title belts. Huck, 29, defended his WBO cruiserweight crown with a sixth round knock-out of 43-year-old challenger Firat Arslan in Stuttgart on Saturday. Huck wants another shot at a heavyweight title and his coach Ulli Wegner has said his fighter will be a champion in the division by the end of the year. “My desire is to fight against the best in the world. And I hope the chance to fight Klitschko will now finally come,” Huck told SID, an AFP subsidiary. Huck has already had a shot at a world title — when he lost on points to Russia’s Alexander Povetkin for the WBA heavyweight belt in February 2012. Confident “When I’m in top shape, no one in the world can beat me,” insisted Huck. “Neither at cruiserweight nor at heavyweight. I can only beat myelf.” Huck tried to convince the doubt- ers that he was capable of taking on the 37-year-old Klitschko. “Why not?,” he asked. “The last 30 no-names he has ISAAC BREKKEN | AFP Canada’s Connor Braid (left) carries the ball against Kenya’s Oscar Ouma during the USA rugby Sevens tournament in Las Vegas on Saturday. Sevens Series career try as Kenya pinned the Spaniards in their on half. The Kenyans spread the ball wide for rising star Odhiambo to go over in the corner. Horace Otieno sealed Kenya’s third try as newcomer Tony Owuor paced through THE FACTS IN FIGURES 19-7 32 BY AYUMBA AYODI @AyumbaAyodi firstname.lastname@example.org There were no changes in the Kenya Cup rugby league table after weekend’s matches that saw Nakuru, KCB and Homeboyz register key victories. Nakuru, sponsored by Top Fry Oil, tightened their grip on the top of the 14-team table as they exchanged leads with Kenya Harlequin before winning 27-25 in a pulsating duel at the RFUEA grounds. Nakuru scored four tries, two conver- sions and a penalty for a bonus-point victory that saw them to not only maintain their unbeaten run but also their six-point lead with a total 49 points. South Africa’s win over Kenya yesterday in Las Vegas Sevens Kenya’s points in this season’s World IRB Series campaign for his Series maiden try. Kenya went to Las Vegas in seventh place in the IRB World Sevens Series on 32 points with Plate final performance in Gold Coast, Plate semi-final shows in Dubai and South Africa. Former Kenya Sevens coach Charles Cardovillis said the opening match loss against Canada is what did in Kenya adding that what was really disturbing is the line-up. “You don’t start a player like Humphrey Kayange, who inspires and instils fear in opponents at the bench. Kayange and Billy Odhiambo made an impact after they came in but it was late,” noted Cardovillis. Kenya Rugby Union technical man- ager Michael “Tank” Otieno said: “I really don’t’ understand what is happening in the team since we had the best team in Las Vegas.” Nakuru win to tighten grip on league’s top spot KCB were also in domineering form, crushing visiting Strathmore 29-0 at Ruaraka grounds to also stay second but with 43 points. Strathmore and Quins stayed third and fourth on 37 and 33 points respectively even as the chasing park of Homeboyz (31), Nondescripts (29), Western Bulls (28) and Mwamba (27) also stayed in the race for a semi-final slot. Hosts Homeboyz scored six tries to secure a bonus-point 36-5 victory over 27-25 Nakuru RFC’s victory over Harlequin in the Kenya Cup on Saturday Blak Blad from Kenyatta University while Nondies earned free points after Eldoret failed to show up for their match at the Jamhuri Park showground. Davis Chenge and Mike Ligono scored a brace of tries each for Western Bulls’ tally of seven tries as they overwhelmed visiting Mean Machine from the University of Nairobi 45-24. Skipper flanker Edwin Makori scored two tries for Nakuru against Quins, while Safari Kazungu and Sammy Warui managed one apiece before Kicker Martin Muita made two conversions in addition to a penalty. Centre Dennis Muhanji, wing Kevin Keegan and flanker Max Theuri crossed the line once for Quins with fly half Eden Agero making one conversion and two penalties. I really don’t’ understand what is happening in the team since we had the best team in Las Vegas” Michael ‘Tank’ Otieno, KRU technical manager already fought all lost against him, but I have already fought battles that people want to see. They want to see a Huck show because they know that at any minute, anything can happen.” Huck’s performance in Stuttgart backed up his words as he took control of the fight from the fourth round, then unleashed a devastating volley of punches in the sixth. He put Arslan on the canvas twice before the referee stepped in to stop the bout with more than a minute of the round left. Beating Arslan, who suffered the eighth defeat of his career, and dethroning Klitschko are two entirely different propositions and Huck will need the performance of his career. Huck will be giving away four inches in height (10 cms) and having weighed in at 199.5 pounds (90 kgs) for Saturday’s fight, he would need to bulk up. Klitschko weighed in at 241 pounds (109kgs) for his unanimous points win over Povetkin in Moscow last Octber. (AFP) CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION Eden Agero (right) of Kenya Harlequin tackles Nakuru Top Fry’s Kelvin Omiyo (centre) during their Kenya Cup match at RFUEA grounds on Saturday.
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