New Zealand, Fiji, unbeaten on opening day of Vancouver Sevens

  • New Zealand, Fiji, unbeaten on opening day of Vancouver Sevens

New Zealand, Fiji, unbeaten on opening day of Vancouver Sevens

Kenya's hopes of lifting the main cup in the final of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver, Canada were cut short after Fiji scored 19 unanswered tries to win 31-12.

The New Zealanders did not help their cause by missing 10 tackles, and were a little bereft of ideas as they failed to break down the American defence, despite a wealth of early possession.

"We had three pretty tough games today so to get through it with three wins in a pool like that, we're really pleased".

South Africa claimed the bronze medal after beating United States of America 29-7, the series leaders running in five tries to one in front of a packed BC Place.

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 secured a 21-15 win over Canada in the 13th-place play-off, while England beat Australia 31-14 in the fifth-place play-off.

Following the recent finals match, the Kenyan side praised the Fiji Sevens team calling them "brothers" who "treated them as family". Going into the final matches of the pool, Canada needed a 40-point win over Uruguay and for the US to beat Australia in order to move to the Cup quarter-finals. However, England's last match of the day against Las Vegas runners-up Argentina, saw them run in a three-tries-to-one display and top the pool on points difference after Argentina, Samoa and England all finished on 6 points.

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

Fiji won Pool C with a 45-5 victory over Spain, a 38-7 win over France and a 24-21 victory over Kenya.

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