Oyoo steers champs Kenya to cup quarter finals in Singapore

By the punter
Apr 15, 2017
  • Nelson Oyoo saved and scored a try against Samoa. (Photo Courtesy)

Nelson Oyoo saved and scored one try as Kenya, the defending Singapore Sevens champions qualified for the main cup quarter final.

Before the final Pool C matches, only Australia which had won two matches was assured of a quarter final place. Kenya, Argentina and Samoa all had a chance of advancing.

Argentina needed to beat Australia and a loss to Samoa could have seen kenya miss out. They beat Samoa 17-7 and waited for the result between Argentina and Australia in the next match.

An Australian 19-7 win over Argentina saw Kenya qualify.

Kenya 17 Samoa 7

In the last pool match, the gods smiled on Kenya. First, they had a numerical when two Samoan players were sent to the sin bin.

Also, a lucky try by Oyoo saw Kenya edge out Samoa 17-7 in their last Pool C match to revive their hopes of qualifying for the main cup quarter finals of Singapore Sevens.

A replay appeared to indicate that Oyoo who was tackled high as he went for the try lost control of the ball on the line although the assistant referee confirmed the grounding to the center referee.

They then waited anxiously for the result between Argentina and Australia which at one time was tied 7-7. When Australia won, Kenya counted 10 Series points by virtue of reaching the cup quarter finals.

In the match against Samoa, Andrew Amonde led from the front and scored a massive try which Oliech converted to level the scores.

Earlier, Oliech showed his intent when he made a dash for the line but was bundled into touch.

From the line out, Samoa took a quick line out but Oyoo came to Kenya’s rescue holding a Samoan player on the line to deny a sure try.

Gordon Langkilde scored Samoa’s try and Tila Mealoi converted for a 7-0 lead.

When Samoa spilled the ball three yards from Kenya’s try line, Amonde broke through and showed rare pace to score. Oliech converted to level the scores 7-7 at half time.

A gritty second half saw Kenya start on a high pace with Dennis Ombachi making a strong run but his offload to Oliech went forward with green grass infront.

Billy Odhiambo broke the deadlock with a try after Amonde did the hard work passing the ball as he went down on the tackle. Oliech missed the crucial conversion as Kenya narrowly led 12-7.

When Samoa were reduced to five, Oyoo scored the winning try.

Kenya 7 Australia 29

Nicholas Oyoo scored the only try against Australia as Kenya lost 7-29 in their second match of the Singapore Sevens.

The loss put Kenya in a must win situation in their last match against Samoa who were beaten 17-7 by Argentina.

Australia with two wins already booked a place in the quarter finals even if they lost their last match against Argentina.

In this match, Kenya barely stepped off the gas pedal and paid for six missed tackles and a loss of possession five times in the first half as they trailed 0-17 at halftime.

Henry Hutchinson scored three tries with John Porch, Tom Lucas and Liam McNamara also crossing the line.

Just before the break, Kenya were reduced to six after Andrew Amonde the captain was yellow carded.

Kenya 22 Argentina 7

Frank Wanyama scored two tries as Kenya, the defending Singapore Sevens champions dominated and defeated Argentina 22-7 in the opening match of this eighth tournament of the World Rugby Sevens World Series.

Kenya were quick off the starting blocks and Wanyama went over for the first try when Nicholas Oyoo spotted there was no sweeper and kicked a grubber which kindly bounced to Wanyama who raced over.

Oyoo scored the second try following intense pressure by Kenya before Eden Agero spotted a free Oyoo on the left and delivered a long pass.

Kenya almost had a third try when a spilled ball inside their 22 by the opponents saw Oyoo race on the left but Bush Mwale was unable to tame the pass with the try line beckoning.

Dennis Ombachi scored the third try which he started and completed after crisp passing by the players.

On resumption, Brian Tanga kicked short the restart but an unforced error by Argentina saw Wanyama complete his brace. Tanga converted to stretch the lead 22-0.

Argentina scored a consolation converted try by Nicolas Mendez.


Argentina 7 Kenya 22, Australia 19 Samoa 12, England 14 France 24, South Africa 52 Japan 0, Canada 28 Russia 15, Fiji 40 Hong Kong 0, New Zealand 22 Scotland 21, USA 35 Wales 19, Argentina 17 Samoa 7, Australia 29 Kenya 7, England 40 Japan 10, South Africa 10 France 7, Canada 34 Hong Kong 0, Fiji 38 Russia 7, New Zealand 36 Wales 14, USA 33 Scotland 26, Kenya 17 Samoa 7, Australia 19 Argentina 7, France 14 Japan 21, South Africa v England, Russia v Hong Kong, Fiji v Canada, Scotland v Wales, USA v New Zealand