2 Feb 2013

Africans stun favourites in Sevens semi-final

10:06 pm on 2 February 2013

Kenya shocked the IRB Sevens Series leaders New Zealand 19-14 in extra-time of the semi-final of the Wellington round on Saturday.

However, Kenya's fairytale run at Wellington, where they also beat South Africa, in the quarter-finals, came to an end in a thrilling final, when their seven-point lead was whittled away after the hooter had gone.

England scored first in extra-time to win 24-19.

Kenya led 19-12 at half-time. But with the score the same with two minutes to play, Andrew Amonde was sent to the sin bin with two minutes left to play and he was joined by Oscar Ouma for a deliberate knock-on after the hooter went. That allowed England in to score a converted try.

Earlier on Saturday night, New Zealand appeared to be heading to the final after opening up a 14-0 lead against the Africans at half-time, through tries for Tomasi Cama and Tim Nikkelson, both of which were converted by Cama.

However, Kenya scored two converted tries themselves to draw level at 14-14, setting up extra-time.

A second try by Oscar Ouma settled the match and shocked the capacity crowd at Westpac Stadium.

England earned its place in the final by beating Samoa 21-19.

Canada beat Fiji 28-19 in the Bowl final, while Australia defeated Scotland 22-7 to take out the Plate.

Super Rugby warm-ups

In the first pre-season games of the Super Rugby season, the Hurricanes have beaten the Crusaders 27-26 in Timaru and the Chiefs have beaten the Highlanders 36 -14 in Taupo.

Across the Tasman, the ACT Brumbies had a 20-18 win over the Western Force in the Super Rugby trial game in Darwin.