Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

All Blacks Sevens beaten again in Vancouver

All Blacks Sevens beaten again in Vancouver

New Zealand went into the second day high in confidence after three good pool wins, including a dominant 33 to 14 win over series leaders South Africa. "All the teams now are very hard to play against, not like before".

Quickfire tries from each side made it 7-7 two minutes in, Willy Ambaka crossing first for Kenya, only to see Fiji respond immediately with a try from Josua Vakurunabili.

Kenya's Billy Odhiambo, front, and Fiji's Alasio Sovita vie for the ball during World Rugby Sevens Series final action in Vancouver.

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Some loss of concentration enabled Carlin Isle to wade through for a try that stretched USA's lead to 19-12 but Injera turned on the pistons to lay the ground for William Ambaka to score a thriller from a tackle and level 19-19 as the hooter sounded.

New Zealand will now play-off for seventh place against Argentina.

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

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Kenya beat England 12-0 to make it to the semifinal where they were pitted against USA.

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.

In Sunday's cup final, Fiji defeated Kenya 31-12 to close in on top spot in the standings while South Africa saw off the U.S. 29-7 in the bronze medal game to be eight points clear at the top with four rounds remaining.

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Shujaa won their first two games of the tournament, beating France 14-7 courtesy of a last minute Oscar Ouma converted try while they kept the flow going with a 43-0 thrashing of Spain in their second group match to seal a last eight slot.

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