For the third time running, Kenya Sevens was relegated to Challenge Trophy in the World Rugby Series in Vancouver, Canada.
Kenya lost its opening two matches to England 28-14 and to South Africa 15-05 before they rallied from 19-0 deficit to beat Chile 26-19 in their last Pool matches to finish third.
Tries from Eden Agero, Samuel Oliech and Frank Wanyama would save Kenya the embarrassment as they finished their day one action on a good note.
Kenya are due to play Scotland in Challenge Trophy quarterfinal at 8.30pm on Sunday.
Innocent Simiyu, Kenya head coach, said he was disappointed with his charges after a poor show against England and South Africa.
“That was hard work against Chile, but a win is a win, and now we can take that into the Challenge Trophy,” said Simiyu.
South Africa claimed their 36th consecutive Cup quarter-final in Vancouver. Astonishingly, they have won 29 of their 31 matches on this season’s tour, but their two defeats have both come against England. The two teams drew 12-12 in their last Pool A match.
The Blitzboks, fresh from their fourth tournament win of the series in Las Vegas, started out with a 33-0 win over Chile with Dylan Sage showing his quality once more scoring two tries.
A 15-5 win against Kenya, with tries from Rosko Specman, Chris Dry and Ruhan Nel, set up a showdown for top spot in Pool A with England, a team they lost to in the Cape Town final last December.
Dan Norton scored twice for England, while Specman and Sage continued to clock up tries for South Africa, and at full time it was 12-12, enough for South Africa to take top spot in Pool A.
England’s match against Kenya earlier in the day stretched Simon Amor’s side to the limits, but Dan Bibby and Norton were able to score a try apiece to take the game away from the, finishing up 28-14.