Kenyan Team #Shujaa Finishes Second at the 2018 Canada Sevens Rugby Tournament

12 March, 2018, 10:44 | Author: Bert Pena
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Their match with Kenya, similarly unbeaten in the first two rounds with a 14-7 win over France and a 43-0 victory over Spain, was a group decider.

Standing between New Zealand and a place in the semi-finals are the United States, the Las Vegas winners who were second-place finishers in Pool A behind Australia.

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Scott Curry's try got the Kiwis on the board despite some superb defensive cover work by Will Edwards, in for the injured Ethan Waddleton. It would be a battle between Canada and Australia throughout the day as both sides chased US in Pool A. USA's clash with Canada was one of the most thrilling of the day, Perry Baker securing a brace and Kevon Williams sealing the 28-21 win in the last play of the game.

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

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Kenya found themselves at the back foot when Perry Baker scored two quick tries to give USA, who has just won USA Sevens, a 14-0 lead.

But in Vancouver yesterday, victories over England, 21-5, and Wales, 28-10, were not enough. Fiji grabbed the kickoff for its first possession of the match and Josua Vakurunabili dashed from halfway for a try that leveled the scores. Fiji answered with two more tries, this time from Amenoni Nasilasila and Mesulame Kunavula.

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. Fiji (101 points) now sit eight points behind leaders South Africa (109) and nine points ahead of third-placed New Zealand (92).

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

The five tournaments held thus far have produced five different winners - South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and the US.

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