Fiji reign at Hong Kong Sevens

Date published: March 29 2015

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Fiji saw off defending champions New Zealand 33-19 in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens to win Round Six of the World Series.

A brace from Savenaca Rawaca sent Fiji on their way to a 21-5 half-time lead, with Beaudine Waaka keeping New Zealand in touch.

Scott Curry went over twice in the second half as New Zealand threatened a comeback, but a try from Apisai Domolailai ensured Fiji would be victorious.

Earlier Fiji had knocked off World Series leaders South Africa 21-15 in the semi-final, racing into a 21-0 lead with tries from Jerry Tuwai, Semi Kunatani and Pio Tuwai.

Despite three tries in response from the Blitzbokke, including one from Seabelo Senatla, South Africa fell short in their comeback.

Meanwhile New Zealand edged past Samoa in the other semi-final thanks to Joe Webber's late drop goal. Leading 12-0 at the break thanks to tries from Curry and Sherwin Stowers, New Zealand looked in control, but Samoa fought back with converted scores for Lafaele Vaa and Samoa Toloa. That put them up by two, but Webber held his nerve to slot a late drop-kick for the defending champions.

Day three of the tournament had seen the Fijians edge the first of the last eight encounters 14-12 over England, with some sensational defence required to hold the English out.

A penalty try ended up being decisive as Fiji set up a last four match-up with the Blitzbokke at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens in round six of the World Series.

South Africa's clash with Australia was even tighter, as they squeaked home 7-5. Jesse Parahi's try had given Australia the half-time lead, but late in the second half Werner Kok went over to win it for South Africa.

Things finally opened up in the next quarter-final, with Toloa running in a first-half brace to help his team to a 21-0 half-time advantage. They eased off after the break,  but despite Zack Test's double, the USA never really looked like coming back into it.

The final quarter-final saw New Zealand take on Argentina and the defending champions quickly raced into the lead with tries from Waaka and Curry.

Santiago Alvarez responded before the break for Argentina but early in the second half Stowers and Webber went over to make the game safe, New Zealand eventually winning 31-21.

Australia went onto claim the Plate title, seeing off England in the semi-finals before battling past the USA. And South Africa got over the disappointment of their Cup semi-final defeat by cruising past Samoa in the third place play-off.

Elsewhere Scotland beat France in the final of the Bowl with a comfortable 26-5 win to cap a convincing final day. Kenya claimed the Shield by beating Japan, while Russia just edged out Zimbabwe in the qualifiers to book their place in next year's edition.

Day Three Results

Cup Quarter-Finals
Fiji 14-12 England
South Africa 7-5 Australia
Samoa 26-15 USA
New Zealand 31-21 Argentina

Cup Semi-Finals
Fiji 21-15 South Africa
New Zealand 15-14 Samoa

Cup Final
Fiji 33-19 New Zealand

Third Place Play-off
South Africa 26-5 Samoa

Plate Semi-Finals
Australia 12-7 England
USA 28-14 Argentina

Plate Final
Australia 21-17 USA

Bowl Quarter-Finals
Canada 21-10 Kenya
France 26-14 Portugal
Wales 38-7 Belgium
Scotland 28-7 Japan

Bowl Semi-Finals
France 38-19 Canada
Scotland 34-0 Wales

Bowl Final
Scotland 26-5 France

Shield Semi-Finals
Kenya 21-0 Portugal
Japan 42-7 Belgium

Shield Final
Kenya 26-7 Japan

Qualifiers

Quarter-Finals
Papua New Guinea 38-10 Uruguay
Hong Kong 0-24 Russia
Zimbabwe 21-14 Brazil
Spain 47-7 South Korea

Semi-Finals
Papua New Guinea 7-26 Russia
Zimbabwe 24-14 Spain

Final
Russia 22-19 Zimbabwe

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