Gallant Kenya finishes second in Vancouver 7s

Oscar Ouma

Oscar Ouma

Kenya beat England 12-0 to make it to the semifinal where they were pitted against USA.

That splendid show in Vancouver saw Kenya pile pressure on seventh-placed England, who now have 70 points.

Shujaa would then beat England 12-0 in the Quarterfinals to book a slot in the Semifinals. Kenya and Fiji were meeting for the second time in the final, but it was their 37th meeting in the series.

Olympic champions Fiji have claimed the Canada Sevens after prevailing over Kenya in a tense final to close in on South Africa at the top of the overall standings.

After a scoreless first half, the American crossed three times in the second spell to wrap up the win, ruthless in punishing some poor New Zealand tackling. Kenya responded in the last seconds of the match with a try from Jefferey Oluoch but even with the boot of Samuel Oliech it wasn't enough to catch Fiji and the game ended 24-21 with both sides going through to the Cup quarter-finals.

South Africa claimed the bronze medal after a 29-7 thrashing of the US - who had opted to rest a whole host of stars.

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Kenya's upset over England, also after a scoreless first half, was their first victory over the traditional powerhouses since 2011.

It certainly looked as if Kenya was intent on reversing the narrow 24-21 defeat in the pool match after Willy Ambaka opened the scoring early in the first half.

Fiji leapfrogged New Zealand to sit eight points behind South Africa, which downed U.S. 29-7 in the third-place match after losing 15-21 to the Fijians in the semifinal. South Africa finished second in Pool D after a 21-0 win over Scotland, who fell to Russian Federation in their last match of the day with a closely fought 26-24 margin.

Afters six rounds of the 2018 Sevens Series, South Africa retain top spot in the standings with 109 points.

"I'm speechless, really proud of the boys", Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai said after the final.

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