'Lucky' England edge out Kenya in Singapore Sevens

By the punter
Apr 16, 2017
  • Kenya lost to Australia at the Pool stage. (Photo Courtesy)

It was heartbreak for Kenya when Dan Bibby kicked over a penalty after the buzzer to see England advance to the Singapore Sevens cup quarter final winning 13-12.

Kenya will look back at the missed kicks which could have seen them reach the semi-final. Only one of the tries was converted with the attempt by Oliech after a try by Frank Wanyama bounced off the sticks.

This was a match which Kenya gave as much as they received and played with the intensity which had England reeling.  Three wayward passes in the first half came to haunt Kenya in the dying minutes of a match they superbly controlled.

England were also lucky when the referee failed to spot an early tackle on Dennis Ombachi by James Rodwell who was yellow carded in the first half.

At the start of the game, Kenya knocked on from the kick off. Ombachi who has 35 points in the newly introduced DHL Performance Tracker had the first crack at the England line when he broke through but his pass to Wanyama went forward.

But, the unflinching Kenyans roared back in their traditional style when Eden Agero retrieved a kick by England, left Dan Norton for the dead before delivering a precision long pass to Oliech to open the scores under the post. Oliech added the extra two.

Kenya took a quick penalty

When Rodwell was shown the yellow card, Kenya took a quick penalty. Andrew Amonde did the spade work and in a ruck, Wanyama went on the blind slipping away from a Norton tackle. Conversion attempt by Oliech hit the post.

Just before the break Phil Burgess scored an unconverted try for England who trailed 5-12 at halftime.

In the second half, Norton barely beat Oyoo to the line to narrow the score to 12-10 in Kenya’s favor.

The turning point of the match came when Kenya missed their line out and England patiently built up.

A speculative kick by Norton was chased by Brian Tanga.

With the seconds ticking, Oliech booted a long kick from his 22. England kept possession and were lucky to miss the attention of the referee after Rodwell tackled Ombachi early.

With the clock in the red, England were awarded a penalty infront of the posts which Bibby converted.

The day started with three upsets after the USA knocked out Fiji 24-19. Australia then upset the Series leaders South Africa 19-17 before Canada knocked out New Zealand 26-14.

Kenya will be up against New Zealand in the fifth and sixth place play-off with 13 and 12 points on offer.

Results

Cup quarter finals: Fiji 19 USA 24, Australia 19 South Africa 17, New Zealand 14 Canada 26, England 13 Kenya 12.

Challenge Trophy quarter finals: Hong Kong 15 Scotland 26, Argentina 24 France 26, Wales 19 Russia 12, Japan 14 Samoa 26; Semi-finals: Scotland v France, Wales v Samoa. Hong Kong v Argentina, Russia v Japan.

Pool A: Fiji, Canada, Russia, Hong Kong.

Canada 28 Russia 15, Fiji 40 Hong Kong 0, Canada 34 Hong Kong 0, Fiji 38 Russia 7, Russia 19 Hong Kong 26, Fiji 35 Canada 7.

Pool B: South Africa, England, France, Japan. England 14 France 24, South Africa 52 Japan 0, England 40 Japan 10, South Africa 10 France 7, France 14 Japan 21, South Africa 14 England 17.

Pool C: Australia, Argentina, Kenya, Samoa. Argentina 7 Kenya 22, Australia 19 Samoa 12, Argentina 17 Samoa 7, Australia 29 Kenya 7, Kenya 17 Samoa 7, Australia 19 Argentina 7.

Pool D: USA, New Zealand, Scotland, Wales New Zealand 22 Scotland 21, USA 35 Wales 19, New Zealand 36 Wales 14, USA 33 Scotland 26, Scotland 19 Wales 21, USA 14 New Zealand 21.