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Kenya 7s season in numbers
By Patrick Korir | Wed 13 Jun, 2018 14:59

The 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens series closed on Sunday 10 June with Paris 7s at the French capital.

Kenya ended up eighth with a record 104 points, surpassing the century point barrier for the first time ever, after scooping three by beating Scotland in France in the 13th place during the last mile.

Willy Ambaka

By all means it was an improved season as Kenya bettered the 63 point mark set last season as Innocent Simiyu was introduced to the circuit for his first season as coach.

Pundits viewed a gelled squad this year but flyer Willy Ambaka who featured in all ten legs this season - matching Nelson Oyoo and Jeff Oluoch, was arguably the most outstanding player as he featured prominently in most leader-boards; tries, points, clean breaks and runs.

Raga House sums up the season in numbers.
1,113 - Points scored, an average of 19.88 per match

271 - Injera's overall series tries. He sits second behind in the all-time board behind England’s Dan Norton’s 299
179 - Tries scored across the 56 games played, an average of 3.20 per match

155 - Number of points by Ambaka who led Sammy Oliech (150), Injera & Eden Agero (137 each)
146 - Runs made by Ambaka, two better than Oluoch. Injera made 123 runs and Billy Odhiambo 103

104 - Points Kenya collected in the circuit tallied up from Dubai (10), Cape Town (3), Hamilton (10), Sydney (12), Las Vegas (10), Vancouver (19), Hong Kong (19), Singapore (10), London (8) and Paris (3)

87 - Restarts by Agero of Kenya's 194. Oliech had 82, Brian Tanga 16 and Augustine Lugonzo six

82 - Most tackles made for Kenya by Oliech. Ambaka (79), Oluoch & Oyoo (66 each) Oscar Ouma (63), Andrew Amonde (60). In whole Kenya was 14th in tackels with 761. South Africa led with 1,284

56 - The number of matches Kenya 7s played in the season registering 30 wins (54%), 2 draws and 24 loses

54 - No of games Ambaka played of the 56 by Kenya. Agero & Oluoch (48), Andrew Amonde & Nelson Oyoo (44), Dan Sikuta (42) & Oliech (40) were the next most fielded players

49 - Ambaka's clean breaks. Injera had 35, Billy 31 and Oluoch 30

46 - Conversions by Agero who topped Oliech by one. Total conversions were 109

31 - Number of tries by Ambaka who top scored for Kenya. Collins Injera (27), Oluoch (15), Billy Odhiambo & Oscar Ouma (13 each) were next best

20 - The number of players used during the ten-part circuit in the just ended season.

15 - Yellow cards received. Jeff Oluoch picked the most (3) as Oyoo and Ambaka received two each

13.59 - Tackles made per match with 8.39 success rate a game

7 – Number of Cup quarterfinals reach in the ten legs

5.20 Tackles missed per game

5 - Debutants introduced by Simiyu this season; Herman Humwa (Dubai), Samuel Ngethe & Arthur Owira (Cape Town), Eric Ombasa (Sydney) and Ian Minjire (Hong Kong)

2 - Number of seasons by coach Innocent Simiyu. Number of times the team contested the finals – in Vancouver and Hong Kong

1 - Red card received, handed out to Nelson Oyoo for an air challenge in April as Kenya lost 28-26 to Australia in pool B at Hong Kong

0 - penalties and drop goals scored

At the close of the season, Kenya won the fair play award for being most exciting team as Oscar Ouma who was Vice captain at Cape Town 7s, and skippered the side in Sydney, Hamilton, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore was named in the Dream team of the year.

Players used in the season and legs played

Dennis Ombachi (1), Ian Minjire, Frank Wanyama (2 each), Willy Ambaka, Jeff Oluoch, Nelson Oyoo (10 each), Andrew Amonde, Dan Sikuta (8 each), Collins Injera, Oscar Ouma  (7 each), Eden Agero (9 ), Oscar Ayodi (4), Samuel Ngethe (5), Eric Ombasa, Augustine Lugonzo, Arthur Owira, Billy Odhiambo, Brian Tanga (6 each), Herman Humwa (5). 

Patrick Korir
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