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Sun 27 Jan 2019 | 07:58

HAMILTON SEVENS: Fiji smash USA in Cup Final

HAMILTON SEVENS: Fiji smash USA in Cup Final
Sun 27 Jan 2019 | 07:58
HAMILTON SEVENS: Fiji smash USA in Cup Final

DAY ONE WRP: Fiji whipped the United States 38-0 in a six-try rout Sunday to take the New Zealand Sevens crown and draw level at the top of the world series rankings.

The winners walked away from Hamilton with back-to-back titles in both New Zealand and the world circuit, once again depriving the US of a tournament win despite making the finals of all three dates in the 2018-19 series so far.

Fiji were never seriously challenged from the time Jerry Tuwai opened the scoring from a line-out steal in the second minute.

Waisea Nacuqu and Aminiasi Tuimaba also scored in the first half for the defending New Zealand champions to lead 17-0 at the turn.

Alosio Naduva notched two tries in the second half and Tuwai bagged his second while the US were left scoreless.

Fiji came through Sunday’s knockout matches with a 31-7 win over Canada in the quarterfinals before beating South Africa 29-7 in the semis.

The US team, which is shaping up as an emerging power in Sevens rugby, had a 19-14 win over Scotland in the quarters.

They then came from behind to beat hosts New Zealand 17-7 on the back of a one-man advantage after Regan Ware was yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle.

Fiji and the US now lead the overall standings with 57 points – one ahead of hosts New Zealand, who beat South Africa 29-7 in the bronze medal match.

Sunday’s runners-up lost to New Zealand in the season opener final in Dubai and went down to Fiji 29-15 in Cape Town.

England started the weekend from fourth in the series standings but failed to qualify for the play-offs.

They later recovered to beat Kenya 36-7 in the Challenger Trophy final to be fifth overall in the series, six points behind fourth-placed South Africa.

Cup Final:
Fiji 38-0 USA

Bronze Final:
South Africa 7-29 New Zealand

Fifth place play-off:
Samoa 19-24 Scotland

Challenge Trophy Final:
Kenya 7-36 England

Thirteenth place play-off:
Tonga 33-10 France

Cup semifinals:
Fiji 29-7 South Africa
New Zealand 7-17 USA

Fifth place semifinals:
Canada 19-28 Samoa
Australia 14-24 Scotland

Challenge Trophy semifinals:
Argentina 7-24 Kenya
Spain 7-38 England

Thirteenth place semifinals:
Japan 7-31 Tonga
Wales 19-35 France

Cup quarterfinals:
Fiji 33-7 Canada
South Africa 28-19 Samoa
New Zealand 24-17 Australia
USA 19-14 Scotland

Challenge Trophy quarterfinals:
Argentina 35-0 Japan
Kenya 19-12 Tonga
Spain 19-10 Wales
England 21-5 France

PV: 786

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