Two wins not enough for Samoa in Vancouver

Grant SmithMar 13, 2018

New Zealand and Fiji emerged from pool play unbeaten Saturday, on the opening day of the on the opening day of the World Rugby Sevens Series Vancouver stop.

This was Kenya fourth final appearance for Kenya in the history of the World Sevens Series. Kenya was in the same group with Spain in Vancouver, beating them 43-0.

Points standing: South Africa 109, Fiji 101, New Zealand 92, Australia 84 and Argentina 77.

The win saw Shujaa remain eighth on the log with 64 points, surpassing their target of last season, where they finished 12th with an overall points tally of 63 from the ten tournaments.

A number of players came into the starting seven for the fifth place semi-final, including Ryan Olowofela who got the opening score, as he was able to stroll in under the posts following Ollie Lindsay-Hague's step and break through the line.

The Lionesses will also battle out with Mexico and Papua New Guinea.

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.

Fellow Pool A side Uruguay join Canada in the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals alongside Samoa, Wales, France, Spain, Scotland and Russian Federation.

The Australians had looked on course for the upset when they ran in first-half tries to Ben O'Donnell, Lachie Anderson and Josh Porch to lead 19-0 at the break.

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

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

New Zealand are a further nine points back in third.

Kenya Sevens performed well in Canada, reaching their first main Cup final in two years before gallantly going down to Fiji 31-12 a thrilling encounter. 2018 series leaders South Africa also got points on the board with an opening 38-7 win against Russian Federation.

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