Fiji break Kenya 7s dream in Hong Kong Sevens final

Lynn Cook
April 9, 2018

National rugby sevens team, Shujaa, lost to Fiji in a second successive final going down 24-12 in the Hong Kong main cup final.

The most successful team in the tournament's history, Fiji matched England's record title run from 2002-06; it's also the team's sixth title in seven years and 16th overall.

The Fijians were first to score through Josua Vakurunabili who won a one-on-one attempt on the try box and it's was an early nerve-settler for Fiji, after a miscommunication in the Kenyan defence to score on the far corner which they failed to convert.

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Amanaki Nicole scored New Zealand's lone try late in the first half but they barely touched the ball as Fiji scored six of their eight tries after the break.

Fiji's march towards a record fourth straight Hong Kong Sevens crown gathered pace with two more victories on Saturday but the United States of America may be the ones to stand in their way.

Anthony Eddy's side will face Japan in the last four tomorrow after easing to a 38-5 win over Zimbabwe in the quarter-finals at the Hong Kong Stadium, their fourth straight win of the campaign.

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"We are working well", said Spain captain Francisco Hernandez.

Nelson Oyoo (right) of Kenya hands off Fiji's Eroni Sau during the Cup Final of the Hong Kong Sevens.

With just three more legs remaining, South Africa, who thrashed New Zealand 29-7 to take bronze in Hong Kong, top the standings with points 126 points, closely followed by Fiji (123 points) while New Zealand occupy third place with 107 points.

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Fiji's consideration will now be centered on additional glory when the group heads to the Commonwealth Video games on Australia's Gold Coast.

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