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Olympic champions Fiji have claimed the Canada Sevens after prevailing over Kenya in a tense final to close in on South Africa at the top of the overall standings.

The South Africans lead with 109 points from Fiji with 101, New Zealand with 92 and Australia with 84.

The two nations were locked up at 12-12 at the break before the experienced Fijians pulled away in the second half, scoring three unanswered tries to win 31-12 in Vancouver - their second triumph from the past three events.

Argentina took second spot and moved through to the Cup quarter-finals having beaten Samoa 22-7 and Wales 35-12.

Kenya had earlier stunned England 12-0 in the quarterfinals, their first victory against the Britons since 2011.

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England, the 2017 Vancouver title winners, topped Pool B on points difference as they finished level with Las Vegas runners-up Argentina and Samoa.

Last week's Las Vegas Sevens winners, the USA will meet the victor of the England-Kenya quarter-final in the semis while New Zealand will face the loser in the play-off for fifth.

After the final, Tuwai said he was proud of his young side. Australia came out firing in the second half with two tries but Canada secured a 19-19 draw with a final try of the half.

Joe Ravouvou's try with 90 seconds remaining meant it sat 21-17 in the closing stages, however England held on to end a seven-game losing streak against the men in black.

However, seconds later, Fiji were on level thanks to Josua Vakurunabili try.

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Billy Odhiambo should have scored Kenya's first try but Tom Mitchell's made a good tackle to stop him.

The runner-up position was Kenya's best finish in this year's Sevens competition and the first time they had won a medal.

U.S. had beaten New Zealand 17-0 in the other Cup quarterfinal.

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