Defending champions win fourth straight title in Hong Kong

Posted April 09, 2018

"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.

Nelson Oyoo (right) of Kenya hands off Fiji's Eroni Sau during the Cup Final of the Hong Kong Sevens.

With Fiji and the US topping their groups, the way is open for them to meet in the Cup final Sunday night at the Hong Kong Stadium.

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

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

But two yellow cards late in the first half left them with five men, and Fiji pounced with an Amenoni Nasilasila try that made the score 17-0 at the half.

Kenya Sevens have beaten New Zealand to cruise to the final of Hong Kong Sevens where they will face Fiji in title decider.

Kenya came full-strength and had looked a serious threat to the Fijians' reign after winning their semi-final 21-7 over New Zealand.

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New Zealand fronted with a second-string team including six debutants with their top lineup in Australia preparing for next weekend's Commonwealth Games tournament.

South Africa claimed the bronze medal after beating New Zealand 29-7 while Argentina beat United States of America 14-12 to secure fifth.

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

Some nations, together with South Africa which was crushed by Fiji within the semifinals, despatched weakened squad to Hong Kong in preparation for the Commonwealth Video games competitors which takes place between April 13 and 15.

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With Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 just over 100 days away, the seedings for the tournament will be confirmed on Wednesday as excitement builds for the competition in San Francisco on July 20-22.