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.
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