Fiji race past Kenya for Vancouver 7s win

Adam FlemingMar 13, 2018

A determined Kenya7s fell at the last hurdle to finish second in the Vancouver leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens at the BC Place Stadium.

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.

Vancouver Champions Fiji will headline Pool A where they will battle with fellow pacific rivals New Zealand and Samoa as well as Russian Federation. "We now reset, recover and eye repeat show", said Kimani on his Facebook page.The team returns at 9.40pm today and head to camp to prepare for Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, where they face New Zealand, Canada and Zambia in Pool "C". "The win here in Vancouver gives us something to fight for in the series table".

After initially letting Kenya break the line, Phil Burgess produced a stunning try saving tackle to deny the Africans a second score but shortly after Billy Odhiambo was able to dot down to down their lead.

Samuel Oliech swept over to put Kenya back in front. In 2013, Kenya also lost to England 24-19 in Wellington final in extra time and two years ago, Kenya beat Fiji 30-76 in Singapore final.

It was then Ouma's turn to cap it with a final try that handed Kenya 24-19 victory.

Shujaa ripped up the form book on Day Two, stunning England 12-0 in the quarterfinals and edging United States of America 24-19 in a pulsating semi-final.

The two nations were locked up at 12-12 at the break before the experienced Fijians pulled away in the second half, scoring three unanswered tries to win 31-12 in Vancouver - their second triumph from the past three events. Argentina took second spot and moved through to the Cup quarter-finals having beat Samoa 22-7 and Wales 35-12.

Baber's attention now turns to preparing his side for next month's Hong Kong Sevens, the biggest competition in the World Series calendar.

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