Fiji triumph in Hong Kong

Date published: April 10 2016

HONG KONG - APRIL 10:  Fiji players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens  final against New Zealand at Hong Kong Stadium on April 10, 2016 in Hong Kong.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Fiji clinched the Hong Kong Sevens title after beating New Zealand for a second year running at the prestigious tournament.

Ben Ryan's side walked away with the Cup following a bruising 20-minute encounter with the All Blacks Sevens in front of packed out stands in Hong Kong.

Pita Ahki got Sir Gordon Tietjens side off to a flying start when he turned Jerry Tuwai inside out and ran in under the posts.

However just minutes later Tuwai got his revenge as he sniped over the New Zealand line from three metres away. With the rain starting to fall, handling errors were plentiful from both sides and the first half ended 7-7.

Kitione Taliga scored early on in the second half for Fiji after Semi Kunatani made a striding break through the stretched New Zealand defence. At 14-7, Fiji then turned up the pressure even more as Pio Tuwai turned over possession on Fiji's 22 and let Amenoni Nasilasila loose, who eventually offloaded to send Semi Kunatani under the posts and secure the victory.

Elsewhere in the competition South Africa edged Australia to finish third, England beat USA to take the plate, Argentina beat Scotland to the bowl and Russia overcame Canada to lift the plate.

Results

Cup

Final
New Zealand 7-21 Fiji

Third-place: South Africa 14-12 Australia

Semi-finals
New Zealand 12-7 South Africa

Fiji 34-5 Australia

Quarter-finals
New Zealand 19-7 Wales

USA 0-28 South Africa

Fiji 12-10 Kenya

England 5-14 Australia

Plate

Final
USA 0-21 England

Semi-finals
Wales 0-27 USA

Kenya 0-33 England

Bowl

Final
Argentina 26-0 Scotland

Semi-finals
France 7-14 Argentina
Samoa 14-19 Scotland

Quarter-finals
France 45-0 South Korea
Argentina 22-0 Russia
Canada 10-19 Samoa
Scotland 5-0 Portugal

Shield

Final
Russia 19-14 Canada

Semi-finals
South Korea 7-29 Russia
Canada 19-5 Portugal

Standings

1) Fiji – 128 points
2) New Zealand – 123
3) South Africa – 122
4) Australia – 105
5) USA – 88
6) Argentina – 77
7) England – 70
8) Kenya – 63
9) Samoa – 49
10) Scotland – 49
11) France – 48
12) Wales – 42
13) Canada – 33
14) Japan – 20
15) Russia – 18
16) Portugal – 12
17) Brazil – 1
18) Zimbabwe – 1
19) South Korea – 1

With thanks to the World Rugby Sevens website

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