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All Blacks Sevens beaten again in Vancouver

12 March 2018, 07:26 | Melissa Porter

All Blacks Sevens beaten again in Vancouver

Oscar Ouma

Sevuloni Mocenacagi scored two tries as Fiji beat Kenya 31-12 in the final of the Canada Sevens rugby tournament Sunday to become the first team to win two titles in this season's Sevens World Series.

Their reward is a quarterfinal match up against world series leaders South Africa, who suffered a loss to second-ranked New Zealand to finish second in their pool.

New Zealand will now play-off for seventh place against Argentina. "The win here in Vancouver gives us something to fight for in the series table".

However, seconds later, Fiji were on level thanks to Josua Vakurunabili try. Alasio Naduva and Paula Dranisinukula also scored after the break.

Willy Ambaka gave Kenya a flawless start scoring under the post with Samuel Oliech getting the extras.

Kenya hit the lead again with a try to Samuel Oliech, who fended one defender and side-stepped another.

The conversion attempt was short and a Kenyan mistake on the restart was a golden opportunity for Fiji, with Mocenacagi racing over for a try that made it 12-12 at halftime.

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

Fiji battled to reach their second consecutive final, beating Dubai Sevens champions South Africa 15-12 in the other Cup semifinals. Kenya ended United States hopes of building on their victory last weekend in Las Vegas with a dramatic 24-19 semi-final victory over the Eagles.

Last week's Las Vegas Sevens winners, the U.S. will meet the victor of the England-Kenya quarter-final in the semis while New Zealand will face the loser in the play-off for fifth.

During the semifinal, United States of America had the best of starts with Terry Baker who is enjoying in sensational form handing them two quick tries and successful conversions for a 14-0 lead in the fourth minute.

South Africa responded with two tries from Siviwe Soyizwapi and tries from Cecil Afrika and Dylan Sage - Sage scoring well after the siren to extinguish Australian hopes.

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