Dan Gibby's penalty kick at the death saw England end Kenya Sevens' quest to defend the Singapore 7s title despite a spirited performance from Shujaa who had held the lead from the off.
Gibby converted from 15 meters out to give the English an edgy 13-12 victory having trailed 12-5 at the break.
Kenya looked determined to reach the semis and get a step closer to retaining a title they sensationally won last year but a couple of mistakes from the Kenyan side presented England with an opportunity which they firmly took.
The clash started in high-intensity asSamuel Oliech made a lung-bursting 90-metre stroll to the line after skipping through Oliver Lindsay-Hague's tackle and making the conversion as Kenya went 7-0 up.
Shujaa were then handed an opportunity to extend their lead when James Rodwell was shown a yellow card for a knock down. Frank Wanyama was the man to take full advantage of Kenya's one-man advantage as he landed his third of the weekend but Oliech missed the conversion as Kenya took a 12-0 lead.
England however ensured the second half would be a mother of all fights as Phil Burgess fended off challenges before touching down. Kenya led 12-5 at the much needed breather.
Dan Norton, the finest try scorer ever then made it a two-point game after a customary run following Dan Bibby's turnover, and conversion.
Kenya, who have not beaten England in the HSBC Sevens Series for six years, were then punished after failing to make use of possession as Gibby kicked home a penalty
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