Fiji boost fourth straight Sevens crown hopes

"It is nice to have finished this for the individuals of Fiji and people who have been affected by the floods in Fiji", defined Fiji coach Gareth Baber.

Fiji's march towards a record fourth straight Hong Kong Sevens crown gathered pace with two more victories on Saturday but the U.S. may be the ones to stand in their way.

Kenya started the second half with a try to Billy Odhiambo but the comeback was snuffed out by consecutive knock-ons forced by Fiji.

Shujaa beat New Zealand 21-12 while Fiji rallied from 19-5 down at the break to beat South Africa 26-24, setting up a date with Kenya in the finals.

"Hong Kong is always special for us", captain Jerry Tuwai said.

Two yellow cards in the first half for Kenya's Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka allowed the Pacific islanders to take a 17-0 lead at half-time.

After being hammered 50-7 by Fiji in their final pool game on Saturday, New Zealand looked a completely different outfit against the US.

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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.

South Africa finished third after beating New Zealand 29-7 but their lead in the world series standings was cut to three over Fiji.

South Africa beat New Zealand 29-7 to take the bronze medal, whereas Argentina edged United States of America 14-12 to safe fifth.

Shujaa's dream of winning the Hong Kong Sevens will have to wait a little longer as a dominant Fiji 7s beat them in the second final in a row at Hong Kong Stadium on Sunday.

Tuwai will now lead his team of Olympic champions to Australia, where Fiji will contest their first Commonwealth rugby sevens tournament since the Melbourne Games of 2006.

Victory for Fiji, on the other hand, saw them creeping to within three points behind series leaders South Africa.

  • Marjorie Miles