Kenya Sevens puts nation on world map with stellar performance

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National Rugby team, Shujaa, produced a superb performance in the 6th leg of the HSBC World Rugby Series in Vancouver Canada, collecting 19 points in the process, despite losing 31-12 to Fiji in the finals early Monday morning.

It was the Fijians this time around to slay the Kenyans whom they had earlier beaten 24-21 in the pool stage at Canada Sevens.

South Africa claimed the bronze medal after a 29-7 thrashing of the US - who had opted to rest a whole host of stars.

Kenya had reached the semis with a 12-0 quarter-final win over England, their first over that side since 2011.

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Nineteen-year-old Ryan Olowofela opened the scoring for England after two minutes, New Zealand replying three minutes later when skipper Scott Curry dotted down from an Andrew Knewstubb offload.

South Africa stayed at the top with an improved tally of 109 points.

Quickfire tries from each side made it 7-7 two minutes in, Willy Ambaka crossing first for Kenya, only to see Fiji respond immediately with a try from Josua Vakurunabili.

Willy Ambaka gave Kenya a ideal start scoring under the post with Samuel Oliech getting the extras.

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Valemo Ravouvou added the extras to level 7-7.

Collins Injera, who was making his 75th appearance in the Series, made a switch to lay Oliech, who fended off some tackles to score. Argentina took second spot and moved through to the Cup quarter-finals having beat Samoa 22-7 and Wales 35-12.

A restart error would cost the napping Kenya when Sevuloni Mocenacagi latched on the loose ball before pacing on the flank to score.

Alasio Naduva and Paula Dranisinukula also scored after the break. "We now reset, recover and eye repeat show", said Kimani on his Facebook page.The team returns at 9.40pm today and head to camp to prepare for Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, where they face New Zealand, Canada and Zambia in Pool "C".

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