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Kenya 7s finish 14th, South Africa win LA 7s
By Eric Njiru | Mon 02 Mar, 2020 04:15

Kenya Sevens had yet another disappointing outing winning only two matches to finish 14th at LA7s in USA on Monday, March 2, 2020. 

Kenya lost 29-24 to Scotland in the 13th place final after the game went to extra time. Shujaa had beaten Wales 29-5 to reach the playoffs final. The only other win came on day one in the pool matches as they beat Ireland 29-12.

Other pool matches were 31-5 and 24-0 defeats to South Africa and Canada respectively. 

Kenya Sevens now sit 11th on 29 points heading to next week's Vancouver 7s at BC place in Canada. Scotland, Samoa, Spain and Wales sit behind Kenya after five rounds of the 2020 HSBC World Sevens Series. 

South Africa staged an incredible comeback to win the HSBC Los Angeles Sevens with a thrilling 29-24 extra-time victory over Olympic Champions Fiji.

In a repeat of the final from the previous round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney, it was South Africa who this time triumphed thanks to an extra time try from Sakoyisa Makata after the scores had finished level at full time 24-24.

Fiji opened the final strongly with three unanswered tries in the first five minutes, but the Blitzboks clawed back the scoreline and equalised with a converted try by Branco Du Preez in the final minute of normal time.

The bronze medal was claimed by series leaders New Zealand who achieved their fourth podium finish in five rounds, following gold in Cape Town and Hamilton and silver in Dubai. The All Blacks Sevens overcame their antipodean rivals Australia 21-19 in a tightly contested bronze medal match.

Hosts USA were unable to complete a hattrick of titles on home soil, having been victorious in 2018 and 2019, but battled until the end to claim fifth position with victories over France (24-5) and Ireland (24-19) following their quarter-final knock out defeat by South Africa.

The results in Los Angeles see New Zealand maintain their position at the top of the standings at the halfway mark of the series. The All Blacks Sevens are on 93 points but the margin of their lead has been cut to just four points with South Africa hot on their heels in second and Fiji a further 17 points behind in third.

-Additional material derived from World Rugby

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