Kenya 7s forward Alvin Otieno, popularly known as Buffa, has earned a remarkable fourth place on the DHL Impact Players list following the conclusion of the Singapore 7s tournament.
Otieno was a standout performer for his Shujaa, recording an impressive 29 carries, 12 tackles, five clean breaks, and one offload, amassing a total of 56 points. He shared points Darby Lancaster, who also had 58 points.
The talented Kenyan player was also his team’s top scorer, alongside George Ooro, with four tries over the course of the weekend. Additionally, Otieno achieved a significant milestone by scoring his 50th try for the Kenya 7s team in his 129th match, during Kenya’s 26-10 loss to Spain.
Meanwhile, Fiji’s Toseva Talacolo was named the Impact Player of the tournament, having amassed a remarkable 72 points. Talacolo had an outstanding performance, recording 15 tackles, 21 carries, four clean breaks, and 12 offloads. Argentina’s Luciano Gonzalez secured second place on the list with 67 points, while Lancaster finished in third.
Samoa’s Vaa Apelu Maliko and Matias Osadczuk from Argentina rounded up the top six with 56 and 55 points, respectively.
The DHL Impact Player Table recognises such moments using a statistical analysis of individual players’ performances measured against four key criteria – Off-Loads, Carries, Line-breaks and Tackles.
On execution of these skills during a match, points are awarded – Offloads 2 points, Tackles 1 point, Line Breaks 3 points, Carries 1 point – to create a total score which is tracked through the DHL Performance Tracker.
A winner is announced at the end of each individual tournament and the overall series winner is judged across all 10 legs for Men’s and all 8 for the Women’s.