March 21, 2018

Fiji defeats Kenya to claim Canada Sevens

12 March 2018, 09:08 | Marlene Fleming

New Zealand Fiji unbeaten on opening day of Vancouver Sevens

New Zealand Fiji unbeaten on opening day of 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.

He was lethal in the attack and defence for Fiji as he also dotted down twice in the match.

After finishing top of their pool on the opening day, England faced Kenya on the artificial surface at BC Palace but were trailing at the break and could not make a breakthrough in the second-half as they lost 0-12 and exited the cup quarter-final.

The Gareth Baber-coached side is still in contention to win the series title after they closed the gap on South Africa.

Canada gave the home crowd much to cheer about, opening their account with a 19-19 draw against Australia and a narrow 28-21 loss to Las Vegas champions the United States in the last play of the second half.

After going to the halftime break locked in a scoreless draw, the U.S. ran in three second half tries to end New Zealand's run at the Canadian leg of the world series circuit.

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Sevuloni Mocenacagi scored two tries, the second of which launched Fiji's second-half surge.

Australia held on to beat Argentina 28-24 in their fifth-place semi-final, after leading 28-0 at halftime, while England accounted for New Zealand 21-17. However, Fiji responded nearly immediately via a Kalione Nasoko converted try.

South Africa lead by 109.

Coming back off the break with a five point deficit, Shujaa went up ahead just 17 seconds in through Eden Agero who dotted down and converted, but it was short-lived as Fiji re-took the lead to head 19-14 up.

In their final match of the day, Canada beat Uruguay 47-5 but just missed out on a place in the quarter-finals after Australia beat the U.S. 31-21 in the closing Pool A contest.

New Zealand captain Curry got his side's second, but England responded immediately as Ruaridh McConnochie rounded off a slick move from deep inside their own half.

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