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England Crush Kenya 7s Title Defence Quest

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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Holders Kenya 7s Enter Singapore Cup Quarters

Reigning Singapore Sevens champions Kenya Sevens gave themselves a chance to defend their crown after winning two of their group matches to finish second in their Pool.

Shujaa started their title defence against Argentina who they swatted aside 22-7. They were then outclassed 29-7 by group winners Australia, making their clash against Samoa a must win.

Samoa were the first to register points on the board with a converted try. Captain Andrew Amonde replied and with Sammy Oliech converting, it was 7-7 at the breather.

Samoa lost two men to the sin bin and Kenya capitalized with Billy Odhiambo pulling them ahead before Nelson Oyoo put the game to bed with a debatable try and a 17-7 victory for Innocent Simiyu's side.

With Australia beating Argentina 19-7, Shujaa qualified for the quarters for only the second time this season.

Their opponents in the anti-penultimate round will include Canada, Fiji, New Zealand, USA and Australia.

Kenya thumped Fiji 30-7 in the Singapore 7s Main Cup final last year to win their maiden series leg in history.

They have however not gotten any close to hitting those heights this season and have been regular participants in the Challenge Trophy competition, emerging champions twice.

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