Kenya stun United States as they enter Canada Sevens finals

Glen Norman
March 12, 2018

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

They lost 24-19 to championship leaders South Africa in Sunday's quarter-finals.

It was an even contest throughout the opening seven minutes with neither side seriously testing the try line, until Oscar Ouma latched onto the ball in space and broke England's defensive line for a 0-7 half-time lead.

Samoa Argentina and England all finished on 6 points.

In other quarter-finals, the United States shut out New Zealand 17-0 in a match that saw no score until the second half and South Africa staged a second-half fightback to beat Australia 24-19. Australia came out firing in the second half with two tries but Canada secured a 19-19 draw with a final try of the half.

The resilient Kenya won the turnover before Injera made a brilliant turn from a tackle to find Ouma who evaded two tackles to land the winning try.

"After a disappointing game for us against Kenya in the quarter-final we found ourselves up against New Zealand again", said captain Tom Mitchell.

Fiji answered with two more tries, this time from Amenoni Nasilasila and Mesulame Kunavula, and, although Kenya replied in the last seconds of the match with a try from Jeffrey Oluoch and a Samuel Oliech conversion, it was not enough to catch their opponents. France and Spain both progress to the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, their end of day clash resulting in a 12-12 finish.

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

They then went onto overcome Russian Federation 31-5 and 2018 Sevens Series leaders South Africa 33-14.

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

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.

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