Hong Kong Sevens: Fiji take the Cup again

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 12:30
Large fiji kong kong sevens 2018 800

DAY TWO WRAP: Fiji's 24-12 victory over Kenya in the final saw them take their fourth title in a row at the Hong Kong Sevens.

In a repeat of last month's final in Vancouver, Fiji ran in four tries to move within just three points of series leaders South Africa in the overall standings and take their third tournament win of the 2018 world series.  
Two yellow cards in the first half for Kenya's Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka allowed the Pacific islanders to take a 17-0 lead at half-time. Despite tries from Kenya's Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ouma in the second half, Fiji were uncatchable and cemented their reputation in Hong Kong as the team to beat.  

"I'd like to thank my boys for the team effort and thank the Kenyan team for a good game," said Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai. "Hong Kong is always special for us, we respect and honour the tradition that Fiji has with the Hong Kong Sevens."

South Africa claimed the bronze medal after beating New Zealand 29-7 and Argentina beat USA 14-12 to secure fifth. The Challenge Trophy winners were France, beating Canada 33-7.  

With Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 just over 100 days away, the seedings for the tournament will be confirmed on Wednesday as excitement builds for the competition in San Francisco on July 20-22.

The world series will head to Singapore on April 28/29 after stopping by the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next weekend.


Fiji 26-24 South Africa

Before the two sides took to the field, the experienced Tuwai and South Africa's captain in Hong Kong, Dewald Human, shook hands and embraced. That great moment set the tone for a thrilling semifinal and it was a semifinal of two halves. 

The first belonged to the BlitzBoks as Selvyn Davids put a hat-trick of tries on the board to Fiji's sole score from Kalione Nasoko.

After the break, Baber's side closed the 5-19 deficit through Samisoni Viriviri and Nasilasila. Nasilasila then put them 26-19 ahead. 

The BlitzBoks weren't finished as Muller Du Plessis powered over with 47 seconds left. The conversion missed the mark and Fiji controlled the ball off the restart to book their place in the Cup Final. 

New Zealand 12-21 Kenya

In the second semifinal New Zealand immediately set out their stall through Amanaki Nicole. However, Collins Injera had a response with his 253rd try on the World Rugby Sevens Series. 

Both conversions were added and Injera finished the first seven minutes by accelerating in again to give his side a 14-7 advantage.

Kenya's defence created their next try as a turnover near their own line was converted by Willy Ambaka going the length. New Zealand finished the game with the final say, Jona Nareki and Isaac Te Tamaki combined for one of the tries of the day, but the match belonged to Kenya.

Sunday results:

Cup Final:

Fiji 24-12 Kenya

Bronze Final:

South Africa 29-7 New Zealand

Fifth place play-off:

Argentina 14-12 USA

Challenge Trophy Final:

France 33-7 Canada

Thirteenth place play-off:

Samoa 5-33 Wales

Cup semifinals:

New Zealand 12-21 Kenya
Fiji 26-24 South Africa

Fifth place semifinals:

USA 19-15 Scotland
Argentina 14-12 Spain

Challenge Trophy semifinals:

Russia 12-19 Canada
France 24-12 Australia

Thirteenth place semifinals:

Wales 49-5 South Korea
Samoa 33-10 England

Cup quarterfinals:

Kenya 19-12 Scotland
USA 7-35 New Zealand
South Africa 38-5 Spain
Fiji 40-14 Argentina

Challenge Trophy semifinals:

Canada 45-0 South Korea
Wales 7-15 Russia
England 14-17 Australia 
Samoa 0-38 France

Saturday results:

Argentina 31-14 France
United States 47-5 Wales
England 47-7 South Korea
South Africa 31-17- Scotland
Australia 14-34 Canada
Kenya 26-0 Spain
New Zealand 19-12 Samoa
Fiji 36-14 Russia
Wales 19-7 France
United States 31-17 Argentina
Scotland 61-7 South Korea
South Africa 33-15 England
Spain 17-12 Canada
Kenya - Australia
Russia - Samoa
Fiji - New Zealand

Friday results:

Argentina 31-10 Wales
United States 24-24 France
England 19-22 Scotland
South Africa 45-0 South Korea
Australia 12-17 Spain
Kenya 33-10 Canada
New Zealand 36-5 Russia
Fiji 31-12 Samoa

Source: @WorldRugby

There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
Pool 0
Team P W D L Pts
Spain Sevens 0 0 0 0 20
Papua New Guinea 0 1 0 0 1
South Korea 0 0 0 0 0
Pool 00
Team P W D L Pts
Uruguay 0 0 0 1 1
Pool 19
Team P W D L Pts
England Sevens 0 0 0 0 19
Pool 20
Team P W D L Pts
Uganda Sevens 0 0 0 0 2
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Fiji Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Canada Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Australia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
France Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
Argentina Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
United States Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Russia Sevens 0 0 0 0 0
Team P W D L Pts
Wales Sevens