Gallant Kenya finishes second in Vancouver 7s

12 March, 2018, 12:14 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Fiji won Pool C at the World Rugby Sevens Series Vancouver stop beating Spain France and Kenya and will face Argentina in the quarter-finals

Fiji and New Zealand were unbeaten after an action-packed opener to the sixth round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver today.

Australia, who are fourth in the 10-stop competition's standings, topped their group on Saturday with two wins and a draw.

New Zealand opened their account with a 31-26 victory over Scotland, then breezed past Russian Federation 31-5 before capping their night with a 33-14 victory over defending champions and current series leaders South Africa.

The USA, who won the Las Vegas leg last weekend, beat New Zealand 17-0 in the quarter-finals and England beat them 21-17 in the first classification match.

Completing the quarter-final line-up are matches pitting Australia against Pool D runners-up South Africa, and England against Pool C runners-up Kenya.

Fiji had nearly no possession in the first half - making only four passes to Kenya's 20 - but managed two breakaway tries from kickoffs to keep the match in the balance at halftime.

The World Series Standing after the Canada Sevens.

Collier's second try and one from Luke Masirewa saw the Kiwis hold on as South Africa got second-half tries from Dylan Sage and Kyle Brown.

In the second half, Fiji scored 19 unanswered points to secure their 34th main cup title.

Alasio Naduva and Paula Dranisinukula also scored after the break.

After the final, Tuwai said he was proud of his young side.

Three tries in the first seven minutes put New Zealand on the road to victory over the Blitzboks.

England pressed late on but struggled the wear down a well marshalled defence and will face the Kiwis in the fifth-place semi-final for a second tournament in a row. New Zealand Captain Scott Curry spoke to us about his sides clean sweep on day one in Canada.

Fiji signalled their intentions for the day with a 43-7 quarter-final thrashing of Argentina.

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