In Summary
  • Kenya must now finish ahead of Japan in final round in Paris to avoid drop from world series
  • Fiji won the tournament Sunday night with a commanding 43-7 hammering of Australia in the final.
  • Series leaders USA beat France France 31-14 to win bronze.

Kenya’s national sevens rugby team is now staring at relegation in the face after finishing, last alongside Spain, at last weekend’s London Sevens tournament to drop one place to 14th in the world series.

Kenya must now finish above other relegation contenders Wales and Japan, especially after the Kenyans lost to Japan 26-17 in the semi-final for 13th place in London, the penultimate leg of the series.

Fiji won the tournament Sunday night with a commanding 43-7 hammering of Australia in the final.

When Alasio Naduva flew over in the corner twice in the 13th and 14th minutes of the match, it was clear Fiji were heading for the trophy and top of the series standings with one tournament to go. Australia had no answer with Joe Pincus the lone try scorer.

Aminiasi Tuimaba scored a hat-trick of tries for the victors in the fourth, seventh and 10th minutes with Vilimoni Botitu and Josua Vakurunabili accounting for the other touch downs.

Waisea Nacuqu and Livai Ikanikoda converted twice each. Series leaders USA beat France France 31-14 to win bronze.

While Kenya lost 29-21 to Scotland in the Challenge Trophy quarter-finals, Wales edged out Japan 17-0 at the same staged only for the former World Sevens champions to lose to Scotland 33-7 in the semis.

That saw Kenya collect one point, Wales manage five while Japan, who stunned England 29-14 in the final for 13th place, got three points.

Kenya and Wales swapped places with the latter moving to 13th with 30 points and Kenya to 14th with 27 points. Japan remained 15th and in relegation zone with 25 points.

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