Fiji race past Kenya for Vancouver 7s win

Fiji scored 19 unanswered points in the second half to record a 31-12 win over Kenya on Sunday and claim the Vancouver Sevens title.

The Fijians moved into second place in the series standings after becoming became the first team to win two titles this season. Fiji (101 points) now sit eight points behind leaders South Africa (109) and nine points ahead of third-placed New Zealand (92).

“I’m speechless, really proud of the boys,” Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai said after the final. “The win here in Vancouver gives us something to fight for in the series table. All the teams now are very hard to play against, not like before.”

With the scores level at 12-12 at half time, the Fijians powered away after the break, Sevuloni Mocenacagi scoring his second try, with Alasio Naduva and Paula Dranisinukula grabbing the others.

Fiji had earlier defeated South Africa 15-12 in the semi-finals while Kenya ended the US’ dreams of recording back-to-back wins after their triumph in Las Vegas last weekend, the Kenyans running out 24-19 winners in their semi-final.

Kenya reached the semis with a 12-0 win over England, while the USA thrashed New Zealand 17-0.

In the other quarter-finals South Africa fought back to beat Australia 24-19 after trailing 19-0 at the break, while Fiji demolished Argentina 43-7.

The next stop in the series is Hong Kong early next month.