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Fiji wins Hong Kong 7s title by beating NZ 21-7

The Vodafone Fiji 7s side have successfully defended their title, beating New Zealand 21-7 in the Cup Final of the 2016 Hong Kong 7s tournament. Vodafone Fiji 7s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens final against New Zealand at Hong Kong Stadium. (Juan Manuel Arce). Fiji took the lead […]

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April 11, 2016 9:05 am

The Vodafone Fiji 7s side have successfully defended their title, beating New Zealand 21-7 in the Cup Final of the 2016 Hong Kong 7s tournament.

Vodafone Fiji 7s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens final against New Zealand at Hong Kong Stadium. (Juan Manuel Arce).

Vodafone Fiji 7s players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens final against New Zealand at Hong Kong Stadium. (Juan Manuel Arce).

Fiji took the lead mid-way in the 2nd half with a try to Talinga, converted by Kolinisau. Kunatani scored in the 20th minute to extend Fiji’s lead to 21-7.

Both sides were tied 7-7 at half-time, scoring one converted try each to PJ Ahki and Tuwai.

Fiji kept New Zealand in it with a series of handling errors on the rain-soaked ground, but when they strung passes together and started to bend the defence, it was all over.

Semi Kunatani’s length of the field effort with two minutes left sealed the contest after Fijian defenders outmuscled New Zealand at the breakdown. Kunatani was named the player of the final.

Fiji was too strong and too fresh for the New Zealanders, winning the final 21-7 to extend their lead atop the world series ladder. New Zealand, who won the previous tournament in Vancouver, moved past South Africa into second.

Meanwhile, the Vodafone 7s team will now head to Singapore for the inaugural Singapore 7s which will be held this Saturday and Sunday.

Fiji takes Samoa on at 4.12pm Saturday in their first pool match and then take on Portugal at 7.33pm Saturday.

Fiji’s last pool match is against England at 11.26pm on Saturday.

New Zealand will play USA, France and Canada in Pool B.

South Africa will play Kenya, Scotland, and Russia in Pool C while Australia will face Wales, Argentina, and Japan in Pool D.

The Cup quarterfinals kick off at 3.58pm Sunday, the Cup semis start at 8.28pm Sunday while the Cup Final kicks off at 11.38pm Sunday.

Fiji currently tops the world series with 128 points after defending their title in Hong Kong, followed by New Zealand with 123 points and South Africa in third place with 122 points.

There are three legs left in the HSBC 7s series, the three are to be held in Singapore, France and England.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team came out victorious against Australia 34-5 in the second Cup Semifinal of the HSBC Hong Kong 7s.

Fiji led 22-0 at halftime.

Fiji scored five tries to Australia’s one.

Semi Kunatani scored the opening try while the other tries were scored by Jasa Veremalua, Jerry Tuwai, Captain Osea Kolinisau, and Kitione Taliga.

In the first Cup Semifinal, New Zealand won against South Africa 12-7 after going into extra time.

Fiji will play New Zealand in the Cup final which will kick off at 11pm tonight.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team won against Kenya 12-10 in the 3rd Cup Quarterfinals this afternoon at the HSBC Hong Kong 7s.

Savenaca Rawaca with the ball during the Cup Semifinal match against Kenya earlier today. (Martin Seras Lima)
Savenaca Rawaca with the ball during the Cup Quarterfinal match against Kenya earlier today. (Martin Seras Lima)

Both Fiji and Kenya had no points on the board at halftime.

Despite the rain in Hong Kong’s So Kon Po stadium, Fiji scored two tries to Kenya’s one.

Kitione Taliga scored the first try for Fiji in the second half while Savenaca Rawaca scored a life-saving try in the last few seconds of the match. Captain Osea Kolinisau added two points by kicking a successful conversion.

In the other Cup quarterfinal matches, New Zealand won against Wales 19-7, South Africa defeated USA 28-0 and Australia beat England 14-5.

New Zealand will face South Africa in the Cup semifinals at 7:44pm tonight, followed by Fiji’s game against Australia at 8:06pm.

The Cup final will kick off at 11pm tonight.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team will meet Kenya in the Cup quarterfinals of the Hong Kong 7s today.

Fiji 7s team during their second pool match against Korea earlier today. (Martin Seras Lima)
Fiji 7s team during their second pool match against Korea earlier today. (Martin Seras Lima)

Fiji defeated Wales 36-10 in their last pool match of the HSBC Hong Kong 7s tournament last night.

Fiji led 17-5 at half time.

The national side scored six tries against Wales two.

Savenaca Rawaca scored the opening try while the other tries were scored by Apisai Domolailai, Vatemo Ravouvou, and Pio Tuwai.

Fiji will play Kenya in the 3rd Cup Quarterfinals this afternoon at 3:42pm.

In the other Cup quarters, Wales will go against New Zealand at 2.58pm, USA will take on South Africa while England will play Australia in the 4th Cup quarterfinal.

The Cup quarterfinals will start at 2.58pm today.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team thrashed Korea 57-0 in their second pool match of the HSBC Hong Kong 7s tournament this afternoon.

Action between Fiji and Korea during the Hong Kong 7s. (Hong Kong Sevens)
Action between Fiji and Korea during the Hong Kong 7s. (Hong Kong Sevens)

Apisai Domolailai scored the first try for Fiji. Jerry Tuwai, Kitione Taliga scored and converted the third try while Semi Kunatani brought the points to 24-0 at the end of the first half.

In the second half, Semi Kunatani scored another while Aminoni Nasilasila scored a total of three tries which brought the final score to 57 points to Korea’s none.

Meanwhile, Korea was thrashed 40-14 by Wales in their first pool match last night.

Fiji’s next game is against Wales at 8:24pm tonight.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team defeated Canada 19-17 in their first pool match of the HSBC Hong Kong 7s tournament early this morning.

Apisai Domolailai with the ball during Fiji's first pool match against Canada at the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. (Martin Seras Lima)
Apisai Domolailai with the ball during Fiji’s first pool match against Canada at the HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. (Martin Seras Lima)

Fiji will play Korea at 4.24pm today before facing Wales at 8.24pm tonight.

The 41st Hong Kong 7s which kicks off today has been described by Coach Ben Ryan as Fiji’s final test before the Rio Olympics in August.

Ryan in an interview with World Rugby said the Hong Kong 7s is great limit test for the boys.

It’s a bit of a dress rehearsal of the Olympic game and it’s a three-day tournament which suits us that we have  already won a three-day tournament which is this year Las Vegas and last year Hong Kong.  So it’s a great limit test, I think that everything we want to do is that is to put it into place.

Ryan said the players are in very good shape and they are very keen in defending the title this weekend.

Members of the Fiji 7s team in Hong Kong. (Ben Ryan Fiji 7s/Twitter)
Members of the Fiji 7s team in Hong Kong. (Ben Ryan Fiji 7s/Twitter)

In the last 40 Hong Kong 7s tournaments, Fiji has won 15 titles.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team to Hong Kong and Singapore:

  • Apisai Domolailai
  • Jasa Veremalua
  • Isake Katonibau
  • Pio Tuwai
  • Masivesi Dakuwaqa
  • Sevuloni Mocenacagi
  • Semi Kunatani
  • Amenoni Nasilasila
  • Seremaia Tuwai
  • Vatemo Ravouvou
  • Kitione Taliga
  • Josua Vici
  • Osea Kolinisau
  • Savenaca Rawaca

Fiji will take on Canada at 12.06am tomorrow in their first pool match.

They will play their second pool game against Korea at 4.24pm tomorrow before they face Wales at 8.24pm tomorrow in their last pool match.

The Cup quarterfinals start at 2.58pm Sunday, the Cup semifinals start at 7.44pm Sunday while the Cup final kicks off at 11pm Sunday.

World Series standings (points)

  1. Fiji – 106
  2. South Africa – 105
  3. New Zealand – 104
  4. Australia – 90
  5. USA – 76
  6. Argentina – 69
  7. England – 57
  8. Kenya – 53
  9. Samoa – 44
  10. France – 43

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