POOR RUN PERSIST

Chipu fall to rampant Netherlands in World U-20 rugby show

Chipu will face the USA in their final pool match on Friday.

In Summary

•The Dutch were ascending from then on and scored a second try courtesy of centre Kees de Bruin and a 12-0 lead.

•Chipu will now face the USA in their final pool match on Friday.

Kenya's Andy Cole Omolo on the charge during the World under 20 tournament match against Uruguay
Kenya's Andy Cole Omolo on the charge during the World under 20 tournament match against Uruguay

Kenya's Under-20 rugby team suffered their second defeat when they lost 51-3 to the Netherlands at the 2024 World Rugby Trophy 2024 at the  Hive Stadium, Scotland on Sunday.

Simon Jawichre's charges had lost their opening match 25-7 to Uruguay on Tuesday last week.

The team, also known as Chipu, were blown away in the first half with the Dutch side leading 41-3 at the interval.

Scrum-half Niek Doornenbal opened the scoring for the Netherlands when he skipped past several tackles with full-back Ilan Vaasen converting for a 7-0.

The Dutch were in the ascendancy from then on and scored a second try courtesy of centre Kees de Bruin and a 12-0 lead.

The Netherlands continued to dominate the proceedings and Vaasen stroked over a penalty in the 11th minute to stretch their lead to 15-0. 

Matters went from bad to worse for Chipu when second-row Clein Omukhulu was sent to the sin bin for collapsing a maul illegally.

The European outfit capitalised on the one-man advantage with Joris Smits crashing over from a lineout with Vassen adding the extras for a 22-0 lead.

James Olela got Kenya on the scoreboard with a penalty to reduce the deficit to 22-3.

But it was all in vain as the Dutch found their range with skipper  Kit Temperley combining with flyhalf Tom Hijdra to score and extend the lead to 27-3  to secure a bonus point.

Smits scored his second try of the day from a driving maul and prop Toine Obiang Nguema powered over the line as they led 41-3 at the interval.

On resumption, Kenya put up a gallant fight to keep the Dutch at bay in the third quarter.

However, they eventually ran out of steam when Vaasen and substitute winger Flynn Baker scored a try each to send the score line into a half-century of points. They will now face the USA in their final pool match on Friday.