Kenya bounce second-string New Zealand out in Hong Kong Sevens semifinals

Cheryl Sanders
April 9, 2018

In the accompanying men's qualifying tournament in the Hong Kong Stadium, Uruguay, Ireland, Uganda and Germany have each won both of their opening games, with Japan, Zimbabwe, Chile and Papua New Guinea each having won one and lost one.

Fiji secured their fourth consecutive title at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens after they beat Kenya 24-12 in the final.

South Africa scored early, but then conceded a yellow card and Spain capitalised on that.

"It feels so good", said Chen after the final whistle, with her country now given core status for next term.

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Kenya Sevens will be meeting a farmiliar "enemy" in Fijians after the two teams met in the Singapore Sevens Series in which Kenyans lifted their first Sevens title in 2016.

With Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 just over 100 days away, the seedings for the tournament will be confirmed on Wednesday as excitement builds for the competition in San Francisco on July 20-22.

Fiji, who are nearly at full strength, thrashed New Zealand 50-7 in their final pool match and are on course to meet South Africa in the semi-finals if they overcome Argentina and the Blitzboks beat Spain.

New Zealand's regular squad and coaching team are on the Gold Coast preparing for the Commonwealth Games tournament, testing the country's depth of sevens talent.

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Tries from Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ouma put factors on the board for Kenya after the break, however Fiji's early lead proved insurmountable.

After finishing last in their pool following losses to Spain and Canada and a win over Kenya, Australia were relegated to the Challenge Trophy.

One match was drawn - the United States and France finished at 24-24.

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