March 12, 2018
The Fiji Airways Men’s 7s team won the Vancouver 7s at the BC Place Stadium today, beating Kenya convincingly 31-12 in the final.
The Fijians played with a lot of patience, determination and dedication and lifted their performance in the second half to lift their second title of the 2017/18 World Sevens Series.
The first half of the final was pretty tight with both teams heading to the break with a 12-12 score-line.
Willy Ambaka scored an early try for the Kenyans and a successful conversion give them a 7-0 lead.
Lanky forward Josua Vakurunabili fended off a few tacklers and raced away to score Fiji’s first try a minute later. A successful conversion from Vatemo Ravouvou leveled the scores.
Kenya managed to score their second try from a break down as Samuel Oliech stole the ball away and dived in the corner.
Sevuloni Mocenacagi claimed the ball from the Kenyan restart and sprinted away to dot the leveler.
The second half belonged to the Fijians and some effective changes by Coach Gareth Baber made all the difference.
Mocenacagi, who was also named the HSBC Player of the Final, put Fiji up for the first time in the match early in the second spell with a brilliant finish as he beat three Kenyans on his way to the try-line.
A kick and chase effort from replacement play-maker Amenoni Nasilasila saw winger Alosio Naduva winning the race against a Kenyan defender and scoring Fiji’s fourth try which after a successful conversion gave them a 26-12 lead.
Towering forward Paula Dranisinukula scored the final try of the match after powering through the Kenyan backline from a line-out drive.
In the day, the Fijians defeated South Africa 15-12 in the semifinal and thumped Argentina 45-7 in the quarterfinal.
Meanwhile South Africa finished third after beating USA 29-7 while England claimed the fifth spot following its 31-14 victory over Australia.
Scotland won the Challenge Trophy after beating Spain 29-5.
By Reginald Chandar