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England ends Kenya's dream of defending Singapore Sevens title

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by April 16, 2017 General

By AYUMBA AYODI
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Dan Bibby scored a heart-breaking penalty after the buzzer as England rallied from behind to beat Kenya Sevens 13-12 and end their hopes of defending their Singapore Sevens title at the Cup quarterfinals.

Shujaa started strongly when Samuel Oliech converted his own try for a 7-0 lead.

James Rodwell was to be sin-binned as Kenya cashed on their numbers to score their second try through Frank Wanyama but the Britons got a lifeline when Phil Burgess budged in try to trail 5-12 at the break when Bibby missed the conversion.

Dan Norton scored for a hard-working England but Bibby missed the conversion.

What could have been Kenya’s biggest win of the season never materialised after England got a penalty two minutes after fulltime. Bibby curled in for their fourth consecutive victory against Shujaa this season.

Kenya will now meet New Zealand in the fifth place semi-final while Series leader South Africa will meet Fiji in the other semi-final.

Singapore Sevens was marked by surprises after Australia stunned South Africa 19-17 while Canada defeated New Zealand 26-14 in the Cup quarters. Fiji also slumped to a stunning 24-19 defeat against the US.

England meet Canada while US are up against Australia in the Cup semis.

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