Singapore Sevens: Kenya stun Fiji to claim maiden World Series event win

Kenya Sevens have pulled off a massive shock, winning their first ever World Series title after beating Fiji in the Singapore final

Singapore Sevens: Kenya stun Fiji to claim maiden World Series event win
Kenya celebrate winning the Singapore Sevens (image via:

In the biggest shock of the season, Kenya Sevens have won their first World Series event title, after beating Fiji in the Singapore Sevens final.

Following a day of shocks on Saturday, Kenya found themselves on the easier side of the cup draw, and after overcoming Argentina in a pulsating semi-final, they put the World Series leaders Fiji to the sword in the final, prevailing 30-7 at the Singapore National Stadium

After ten years without hosting a tournament, the return to Singapore was a massive success, with over 45,000 spectators having taken in the enthralling action over the weekend. 

The Kenyan team enjoy their Singapore success (image via:

Fiji extended their lead in the overall series standings to eight points from South Africa, with New Zealand a further four points behind ahead of the final two events in Paris and London next month. 

Kenya blitz comeback kings Fiji in dominant final 

After beating Argentina with the final kick of the game in the semi-final, Kenya faced the mother of all tasks in the Singapore finale, having to face the best side this season in Ben Ryan's Fiji.  

They weren't fazed though, and the first-half they produced may be the best ten minutes in Kenyan rugby history, after they built a 20-0 lead on the back of four unconverted tries. 

Oscar Ayodi was the first to cross the line after sprinting away from the covering defence, following excellent work at the breakdown from Andrew Amonde

It was then left to the biggest ever Kenyan rugby star to take over the final. Collins Injera who is the second highest try-scorer of all time in World Series rugby, scored a pair of quickfire tries to take his overall tally to 225, whilst also building a 15-0 lead for the Africans. He now sits just five tries behind Santiago Gomez Cora, and will most likely become the highest try scorer of all time before the end of the season. 

The first-half scoring wasn't finished though for Kenya, and they added a fourth try before the break, when Samuel Oliech crashed his way over. 

Oyoo magic confirms Kenya's first title in 114 attempts

After two incredible comebacks earlier in the day to qualify from the quarter and semi-finals, Fiji were always likely to mount a comeback and began the second-half scoring when Jerry Tuwai found himself on the end of a flowing move to narrow the lead to 13. 

That was all Fiji could muster though, and they could not find the magic from earlier in the day due to the power of the Kenyan forwards who completley dominated the tackle area for the full 20 minutes. 

The result was put beyond doubt in scintilating fashion five minutes from time, when winger Nelson Oyoo picked up the ball in his own half before sprinting 70 metres down the touchline, fighting off two defenders to dot down for another five pointer. It was then left to Frank Wanyama to add the finishing touches to the win after he crashed over in the corner. 

Humphrey Kayange (centre) and Collins Injera (right) celebrates winning the Singapore Sevens (image via:        

After 114 tournaments, Kenya had finally won a title their blood, sweat and tears had deserved. Stalwarts, Injera and his brother Humphrey Kayange have been amongst the stars of the sport for a long period of time, and this result will justify the effort they have put in over the years.

The victory will give the African side a tonne of confidence going forwards and they will have to be a team that are feared come the Rio Olympics as they have shown they're capable of challenging the top, top sides. 

Fiji extend overall series lead

Despite suffering defeat in the final, Fiji's lead at the top of the overall standings has been improved, and they are favourites to retain the title with just the European legs left this season in Paris and London. 

In the quarter-finals here, they found themselves 14-5 down to Australia with time almost up, and then somehow managed to score two converted tries in the final moments through Jasa Veremalua and Kitione Taliga to progress. 

Then, in the semi-finals, they found themselves in a similar position against South Africa before scoring twice again the final moments, this time through Amenoni Nasilasila and Alivereti Vetokani as their never-say-die attitude came to the fore once more. 

In a sensational Plate final, Samoa came from behind to beat New Zealand 26-21, with Tila Mealoi scoring a try after 14 minutes was up on the clock. 

Samoa celebrate winning the Plate final (image via:
Samoa celebrate winning the Plate final (image via:

Scotland won the Bowl competition, overcoming the USA 14-10, whilst Russia won their third Shield title on the bounce, beating Wales 24-7. The series now endures a month's break, before heading to Paris.