Kenya, having lost their first two matches to USA and South Africa on Monday quickly found themselves in a tough spot. They needed a big win in order to advance from pool C but it was not going well for them as they struggled against Ireland Tuesday night at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium.
In a dramatic conclusion to the pool stage of Rugby Sevens, Fiji’s victory in their re-run Olympic final against Britain not only earned them top spot going into playoffs but also gave Japan and Kenya hope for a chance at qualification.
Australia and Canada continued on with yesterday’s performances as they claimed victories over New Zealand and Uganda respectively; both teams now look forward to playing each other next week while South Africa will play Ireland who had an easy win versus USA. The defending champions’ passage through was made slightly more difficult by heavy rainfall which forced two games off due to delays (Kenya vs Australia) or field conditions (USA v Zimbabwe).
The 2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens series is set to open in San Francisco, USA. It will be a rematch of the Rio Olympics bronze medal game between New Zealand and South Africa with both coming through unbeaten so far this season. The other three quarter-finals see world champions New Zealand take on Canada, Olympic silver medallists Britain play the United States and Commonwealth Games gold medallist South Africa against Argentina.
Ireland v Korea
Kenya v Japan
New Zealand v Canada
Great Britain v USA
South Africa v Argentina
Fiji v Australia