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Kenya Win Singapore Sevens for First Ever World Series Title

Kenya7s dispatched Fiji 30-7 in the final of the Singapore Sevens to secure their first ever tournament win in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Kenya scored six tries — all unconverted — with stalwart Collins Injera nabbing a double.

Injera had propelled Kenya into the cup final by kicking a clutch 40m penalty drop goal to beat Argentina 15-12 in the semi-finals.

It is Kenya’s first cup win in 114 tournaments and the ecstatic players celebrated with a mixture of dance and prayer.

Fiji, who knocked out South Africa in the final four, headed to Singapore as favourites but were left stunned by a brilliant first-half display by Kenya. The great Collins Injera grabbed a double while Oscar Ayodia and Samuel Oliech also scored to leave Kenya 20-0 up at the break.

Jerry Tuwai crossed early in the second half to give Fiji hope but Kenya then pulled away with Nelson Oyoo and Frank Wanyama scoring to secure the 30-7 triumph.


South Africa finished third after they defeated Argentina 28-0 in the bronze final. The first half was a closely fought affair where South Africa went into the break 7-0 ahead thanks to Kwagga Smith’s try while Argentina were hamstrung by Renzo Barbier’s yellow card.

The second half was more one-sided with South Africa dominating the play. Siviwe Soyizwapi stretched the Blitzboks’ advantage to 14 points with a score soon after the break and they ran in further tries from Stephan Dippenaar and Ruhan Nel.

Samoa took the plate final 26-21 over New Zealand thanks to a last gasp try from Tila Mealoi who scooped up a loose pass to go over in the corner on the full-time whistle. Scotland edged past the USA 14-10 to win the bowl while Russia took the shield final beating Wales 24-7.

England endured a poor tournament as they were beaten in the bowl semifinals by Scotland while Australia fell in the final four of the plate to New Zealand.


Kenya 30 (Collins Injera 2, Oscar Ayodi, Samuel Oliech, Nelson Oyoo, Frank Wanyama tries) beat Fiji 7 (Jerry Tuwai try, Vatemo Ravouvou con)

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