Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Kenya claim silver after falling to Fiji in Vancouver Sevens

Kenya claim silver after falling to Fiji in Vancouver Sevens

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. New Zealand went on to make it three from three with wins over Russian Federation 31-5, and the Blitzbok 33-14.

Five tournaments and five different winners so far on the 2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series sees South Africa leading the series standings with 92 points ahead of New Zealand on 82 points. "The win here in Vancouver gives us something to fight for in the series table".

A number of players came into the starting seven for the fifth place semi-final, including Ryan Olowofela who got the opening score, as he was able to stroll in under the posts following Ollie Lindsay-Hague's step and break through the line.

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Kenya hit the lead again with a try to Samuel Oliech, who fended one defender and side-stepped another. The conversion attempt was short and a Kenyan mistake on the restart was a golden opportunity for Fiji, with Mocenacagi racing over for a try that made it 12-12 at halftime.

After the final, Tuwai said he was proud of his young side. South Africa leads the series with 109 points followed by Fiji with 101 points.

Earlier, Kenya had beaten United States 24-19 in the semi finals thanks to a last minute try from Ouma.

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The two sides were meeting in a cup final for the second time after facing each other two seasons ago in Singapore, a match in which Kenya won their first IRB trophy.

However, they could not replicate the same performance they had against Fiji last weekend in Las Vegas, as they went down by a slim 24-21 margin, but they had nonetheless ensured a quarters slot.

Kenya had to dig deep after falling 19-12 in the second half with less than two minutes to go.

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Awaiting Fiji in the quarter-finals are Argentina, runners-up to England in Pool B.

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