All Blacks Sevens edged by England

12 March, 2018, 10:45 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Kenya Sevens Rugby team on Monday lost 31-12 to Fiji in the final of the Vancouver Sevens in Canada.

Fiji had edged South Africa 15-12 in the semi-finals courtesy of second-half tries from Kalione Nasoko and Amenoni Nasilasila.

Kenya had earlier stunned England 12-0 in the quarterfinals, their first victory against the Britons since 2011.

The Blitzboks, who beat the United States 29-7 in the bronze medal game, maintained their lead on 109 points, with Fiji just eight back at 101 and New Zealand third on 92. In their final match of the day, Canada beat Uruguay 47-5 but just missed out on a place in the Cup quarter-finals after Australia beat the U.S. 31-21 in the Pool A closer.

Canada's Nathan Hirayama did, however, secure his own milestone as he passed sevens' great Waisale Serevi of Fiji on the all-time points table with a total of 1,328.

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

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Joe Ravouvou's try with 90 seconds remaining meant it sat 21-17 in the closing stages, however England held on to end a seven-game losing streak against the men in black.

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. Kenya, similarly unbeaten in the first two rounds with a 14-7 win over France - Kenya scoring all their points in the second half - and a 43-0, seven try display, over Spain.

US had beaten New Zealand 17-0 in the other Cup quarterfinal.

However, seconds later, Fiji were on level thanks to Josua Vakurunabili try.

Kenya had won only once before in four finals appearances, beating Fiji in Singapore past year.

The Gareth Baber-coached side is still in contention to win the series title after they closed the gap on South Africa. New Zealand Captain Scott Curry spoke to us about his sides clean sweep on day one in Canada.



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