Kenya kill off Kiwis and Boks
2 Feb 2013
Kenya stunned the Sevens All Blacks on the same day they edged South Africa. But they just failed in the final against England.
Kenya were a second away from a historic first series tournament win but England turned the ball over with time up on the clock and scored to level 19-all. The heartbreak was evident and the Kenyans folded in the first minute of extra time when England scored to take the win and the title 24-19.
Kenya led 19-12 at the break and controlled the second half and seemed to have done enough for a glorious result but two sin-binnings in the last three minutes proved costly, as did confusion about the time left. The televisions clock showed time up but the stadium clock showed 25 seconds. It was in those 25 seconds that Kenya coughed up the ball and England took full advantage.
Hosts New Zealand lead Kenya 14-0 at half-time, but the most popular team at the tournament were stunning in their comeback to score after the hooter to tie it up 14-all.
And then the more physical and desperate Kenyans scored within a minute in the sudden death to win 21-14.
Earlier Kenya won the quarter-final 21-20 against a Bok team that scored four tries but failed to land a kick.
On day one the Boks only won one match in three but went through on points difference. In the quarter-final four tries would usually be enough for victory but Philip Snyman had an awful day with the boot and couldn’t find his radar.
New Zealand, beaten in the semi-final, were too good for Australia 24-5 in the quarter-final. The Kiwis produced their best tournament performance in the third and fourth play-off, beating Samoa 17-7.
Samoa and England, the two most impressive teams, met in the semi-final and England won 21-19.
Corne Hendricks (two) and Stephan Dippenaar gave the Boks a 15-7 lead at the break before Willy Ambaka reduced the lead to just one point. Chris Dry stretched the Boks lead to six points but with two minutes to Ambaka scored his second and Biko Adema added the two points for a famous African win.