A tale of two referees in Singapore Sevens

By the punter
Apr 16, 2017
  • Nelson Oyoo slips from a tackle by England's Dan Norton in the cup quarterfinals of Singapore Sevens. (Photo Courtesy)

Kenya endured a second heartbreak in as many matches when a try by New Zealand’s Lewis Ormond after the buzzer knocked the outgoing Singapore Sevens champions 24-21 in the fifth and sixth play-off semi-final.

Suspect refereeing came to scrutiny again when Kenya captain Andrew Amonde way shown the card from what the referee adjudged to have been an intentional shoulder charge.

The decision came after Kenya were denied a cup semi-final when the referee and his assistants overlooked an early tackle on Dennis Ombachi with Kenya leading England after the buzzer.

This decision which handed England the win drew quick reaction from the social media who alleged Kenya were robbed of the quarter final match against England.

Against New Zealand, coach Innocent Simiyu rested most of his starting line up and gave Derick Mayar his first start as a forward.

It was Kenya who scored first after Dennis Ombachi powered through from a turnover ball. He released Brian Tanga to score under the posts. Eden Agero converted for a 7-0 lead.

Mayar lands first try in Series

It was not long before Mayar realised his dream of scoring a try at the Series when Billy Odhiambo muscled his way through and on the tackle offloaded to Mayar. Agero was sure to extend the lead 14-0.

New Zealand responded with a try by Trael Joass when Kenya eased their foot off the gas pedal.

Just before the break, Lewis Ormond scored from a set piece as Kenya narrowly led 14-12 at halftime.

On resumption, Waaka eased New Zealand to the lead for the first time with a try near the corner.

Kenya were fired up and Ombachi scored a gem of a try by beating three New Zealand players on his way under the post. Agero converted to retake the lead 21-17.

New Zealand were lucky when Amonde took a quick penalty and on the tackle his pass to Frank Wanyama was just off target.

With 25 second left, Amonde was carded and although Kenya bravely held on, Ormond scored the winning try using the numerical advantage.

Earlier, South Africa edged out Fiji 19-17 in the other playoff semi-final.

Kenya collected 10 points from Singapore and it is unlikely this will change their 11th position on the log. 


Cup quarter finals: Fiji 19 USA 24, Australia 19 South Africa 17, New Zealand 14 Canada 26, England 13 Kenya 12; Semi-finals: USA 40 Australia 7, Canada 17 England 5; Final: USA v Canada.

Playoff: Australia v England.

Fifth/Sixth place semi-finals: Fiji 14 South Africa 19, New Zealand 24 Kenya 21; Final: South Africa v New Zealand.

Challenge Trophy quarter finals: Hong Kong 15 Scotland 26, Argentina 24 France 26, Wales 19 Russia 12, Japan 14 Samoa 26; Semi-finals: Scotland 31 France 12, Wales 19 Samoa 14; Final: Scotland v Wales.

13th place semi-finals: Hong Kong 7 Argentina 33, Russia 24 Japan 21; Final: Argentina v Russia.

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.