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Vancouver 7s: South Africa Triumph, Kenya Last

Defending champions South Africa claimed their first tournament victory since Paris last season by beating France 21-12 in the final of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver.

The two teams had never previously met in a Cup final and Pierre Gilles Lakafia’s early try forced South Africa to come from behind but they stood up impressively, putting three converted tries on France before conceding again.

Selvyn Davids ran more than half the field to set up Impi Visser beneath the posts, Werner Kok stole the ball to set up Davids three minutes into first-half overtime, before Kok got on the scoresheet himself on the left-hand side.Stephen Parez scored a late consolation try — the 295th of the weekend, the most in a stage this season — with a remarkable run down the left, but it wasn’t enough to get his side back into the game.It marks an incredible turn of fortune for France, who picked up just one point in Las Vegas last week, reaching their first Cup final since Port Elizabeth in 2012.But they could not overcome an impressive South African side, who will look to use this performance as a stepping stone to retaining their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series crown.

BRONZE FOR FIJI

Reigning Vancouver champions Fiji were simply too skilful for USA to seal third, completing a 24-14 victory in the Bronze Final.

New Zealand finished outside the top four for the first time this season but confirmed fifth place with a 26-19 victory over England while Australia won the Challenge Trophy after beating hosts Canada 35-21.

Meanwhile Kenya remained second from bottom in the Series standings after finishing joint last in Canada, picking just a single point.

Shujaa were beaten 22-14 by relegation rivals Japan in the 13th place playoff.

BY World Rugby

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