Kenya has become world rugby X-factor after it won remarkably at the HSBC Singapore Sevens World Series – a success that wouldn’t be leaving our memories anytime soon as it is the country’s first ever win in a world rugby final in seventeen years.
The team began the tough game amazingly by placing two quick unconverted tries in the first few minutes of the game, getting off to a blistering 20-0 start in the final.
Then, the Kenya 7s team maintained and increased the score until they succeeded in lifting their first ever Main Cup title after stunning champions Fiji 30-7 in the final Singapore tournament at the eighth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Oscar Ayodi was the first scorer as he shot the first try before Collins Injera added another quick try to make it 10 nil. Moments later, Injera scored another unconverted try to make it 15-0 as the Shujaas continued their dominance over the defending champions, earning him the HSBC player of the final, for scoring twice in the final. Sammy Oliech made it 20-0 afterwards and Shujaa held on to the score till half.
During the second half, Fiji started out well by opening the scoring through a converted try to cut-down on the margin to 20-7 but Kenya Nelson Oyoo fought back by scoring another try to make it 25-7.
The Fiji’s Jerry Tuwai goal in the second half, seems to have come a little too late, as both Nelson Oyoo and Frank Wanyama came back with tries of their own for Kenya to cap the victory.
More than 45,000 people turned out at the National Stadium as the Kenyan side blew the series leaders Fiji away with 20 unanswered first half points. Kenya has played 114 tournaments before it finally achieved the milestone of winning a HSBC World Rugby 7s tournament.
The fitting end of the sensational weekend of world rugby sevens, has drawn the attention of the president, who congratulated the team for the remarkable win.
During his congratulatory message President Kenyatta said:
You have made us proud, our star continues to shine as a powerhouse in sports.”
“A brilliant, confident and powerful effort has earned Team Kenya a richly deserved victory,” .