Fiji hand New Zealand record breaking defeat at Hong Kong Sevens

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David Barpal
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09 April, 2018

Cape Town - The Blitzboks have claimed third place at the Hong Kong Sevens, beating old rivals New Zealand 29-7 in the Bronze final at the famed event.

Famed for a party atmosphere nearly unrivaled in the world of sport, Fiji enjoys the annual trip to Hong Kong more than most.

The Pacific island remains to be reeling from the devastating affect of Cyclone Josie final week.

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. Native media reported 4 individuals had been killed, whereas hundreds of properties have been flooded.

The turning point came mid way through the first half of the game when Kenya were reduced to five men after Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka were sin-binned allowing Fiji to build a solid 17-0 lead at the break.

"I'd like to thank my boys for the team effort and thank the Kenyan team for a good game", Tuwai told the World Rugby website.

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Fiji's record as the outstanding all-time performers in Hong Kong has been further strengthened as they now have 18 wins from 28 finals, well clear of New Zealand, with 11 wins from 22 finals.

Many other teams saved their best players for the Commonwealth Games next weekend on the Gold Coast.

The third-place finish sees South Africa maintain their position at the top of the World Rugby Sevens Series rankings, although, only just as Fiji's tournament win took them to only three points behind in second place.

Australia started the day strongly with a 17-14 win over England, but were knocked out in the second-tier Challenge Trophy semi-finals when they lost 24-12 to France.

Japan can be one among two Asian qualifiers that can contest the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July.


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