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Kenya 7s, Fiji set up Vancouver 7s final
By Eric Njiru | Mon 12 Mar, 2018 02:00

Kenya Sevens qualified for Vancouver 7s cup final after stopping speeding USA 24-19 in the second semis played at BC Place in the wee of Monday 12 March 2018 with a final try from skipper Oscar Ouma. 

Kenya, coached by Innocent 'Namcos' Simiyu will now play Fiji in the cup final at 4.19 am Kenyan time. Fiji beat 15-12 South Africa to romp to the Cup final first.

USA up first 

Speedster Perry Baker grabbed a quickfire brace in the second and third minutes, both converted by Folau Niua, to hand USA a 14-0 lead. Kenya was back in it when Nelson Oyoo matched Baker's double, the first converted by Sammy Oliech, as Shujaa closed the gap to just two points, the scores standing at 14-12 at half time. 

An unconverted try by another USA revered racer Carlin Isles in the 13th minute had the USA 19-12 up but a big Willy Ambaka Ndayara touchdown converted by Eden Agero brought the game level at 19-all. 

Injera's defining turnover

Tied 19-19, the USA gained the ball back from the restart and progressed up the field with purpose, however, Collins Injera gained a monster turnover at the breakdown. He popped it to Eden Agero who then offloaded to skipper Ouma to deliver the separating try. 

His touchdown was reminiscent of one on 14 May 2013, when he powered his way over in sudden death at Wellington 7s over hosts New Zealand, for Shujaa to win 19-14,  and into only their second ever Cup final. Then the team was coached by Englishman Mike Friday. 

It will be Fiji against Kenya in the Cup final - a repeat of the final in Singapore 2016.

Canada 7s
13th place final
Canada vs Samoa -2.12am

Challenge trophy final
Scotland vs Spain -2.37am

5th place final
Australia vs England -3.07am 

3rd place playoff
South Africa vs USA -3.52am 

Cup final
Fiji vs Kenya - 4.19am

Eric Njiru
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