Hong Kong Defeats Kenya 42-17 in Repechage

Hong Kong vs Kenya Repechage

Hong Kong defeated Kenya 42-17 in the Rugby World cup 2019 Repechage in Marseille, France on Saturday, November 17. Hong Kong gained a bonus point win and will play Canada next Friday with the Repechage on the line.

Canada faces Germany in the second match of the day. Hong Kong will hope for a Canada nonbonus point win or a draw with Germany.  A win by Germany will mean that Germany will have the inside track of advancing as the Rechagewinner with a victory next week against Kenya.

Match Recap

Hong Kong secured al bonus-point 42-17 win over Kenya. Hong Kong will still be in contention to qualify as the World Cup in Repechage winner, however much depends on the match between Canada and Germany that follows.

Kenya began the match on fire with a try by Tony Onyango, which was then converted by Sam Oliech for a 7-0 lead. Elkeans Musonye then took a pass by Collins Injera for a try giving the Simbas a 12-0 lead.

Hong Kong answered back with Max Denmark scoring the first try for Hong Kong. Ben Rimene then slotted the conversion to cut the lead to 12-7.

Hong Kong opened the second half with a try off a lineout by Nick Hewson and took a 14-12 lead after Rimene’s conversion. Toby Fenn then broke a tackle and added another try pushing the lead to 21-12 after Rimene’s conversion.

Kenya answered back with a second try by Tony Onyango from an offload by Leo Seje to cut the lead to 21-17.  That would be as close as it would get, as Hong Kong scored three more tries, two by Thomas Lamboley and another by Lewis WArner to seal the match 42-17. Ben Rimene continued his perfect streak at 4, before giving way to Matt Rosslee for the final two conversions.

While Hong Kong will hope for a non-bonus point win by Canada over Germany or better yet a draw, Kenya has been eliminated from contending for the Repechage and will play for pride next Friday against Germany. That will give plenty of motivation to Germany and to Canada to claim the win later today.


Hong Kong: 1. Ben Higgins 2. Ben Roberts 3. Dylan Rogers, 4. James Cunningham (Cap) 5. Fin Field 6. Nick Hewson 7. Toby Fenn 8. Kane Boucaut 9. Bryn Phillips 10. Ben Rimene 11. Max Denmark 12. Ben Axten-Burrett 13. Tyler Spitz 14. Shalom YIU 15. Jamie Hood 16. Dayne Jans 17. Dan Barlow 18. Jack Parfitt 19. Mick Parfitt 20. Thomas Lamboley 21. Liam Slatem 22. Matt Rosslee 23. Lewis Warner

Kenya: 1 Patrick Ouko, 2 Colman Were, 3 Joseph Odero, 4 Wilson Kopondo, (Cap)  5 Malcolm Onsando, 6 Andrew Amonde, 7 Elkeans Musonye 8 Josh Chisanga, 9 Felix Avange 10 Samuel Oliech, 11 Willy Ambaka, 12 Owade 13 Collins Injera, 14 Nelson Oyoo 15 Tony Onyango 16 Philip Ikambili, 17 Ephraim Odour 18 Hillary Mwanjilwa, 19 George Nyambua, 20 Martin Owilah 21 Samson Onsomu, 22 William Reeve, 23 Dalmus Chituyi

2019 Repechage Matches

November 11 (Sunday)

November 17 (Saturday)

November 23 (Friday)

  • Kenya vs Germany 18:00 local (12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Hong Kong vs Canada 21:00 local (15:00 ET)


Other ArticlesDJCoil Rugby articles by Doug Coil are also available on Facebook. Other Social Media sites to follow or subscribe include Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for interviews.

About Author

North American Rugby News With A USA Slant