The Blitzbokke’s African brothers from Kenya did what they failed to do; beat Fiji to lift the Singapore Sevens title yesterday.
After beating South Africa in the semis, Fiji were firm favourites to get the better of Kenya in the final.
But the Kenyans then surprised all and sundry in the first half by scoring four unanswered tries to run up a 20-0 lead at the break.
None of the tries were converted.
In the second half, the Fijians threatened briefly when they pulled the lead back with a converted try.
But it wasn’t to be as they looked more disjointed as the game wound to its close, by which time Kenya bagged two more unconverted tries to crown a |historic Cup victory – their first after playing 114 |Sevens tournaments.
The Blitzbokke, meanwhile, had to be happy with third place after beating Argentina 28-0 in the bronze-medal play-off.
Despite beating New Zealand 12-7 earlier in the tournament, the South Africans simply couldn’t get past Fiji in the semis as they lost an entertaining match 26-21.
Scores were locked at 21-all with only two minutes of playing time left, with the Blitzbokke poised to snatch a last-gasp win.
But Stephan Dippenaar was pushed out at the corner flag at a time when |presence of mind failed him as an unmarked |supporting runner was at hand to take a scoring pass.
Instead, Fiji staged a telling counter-attack from a five metre line-out and, try as they might, the Blitzbokke were unable to stop the Pacific Islanders’ juggernaut rampaging upfield before Alifereti Veitokani crashed over for the match-winner.
The series now takes a month-long break before action resumes in Paris, France on May 13 with London being the final stop.