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Fiji win fourth consecutive title in Hong Kong

09 April 2018, 12:25 | Franklin Nunez

Will Wilson has been named in the England squad for the Hong Kong Sevens. Courtesy Mike Wolff

Will Wilson has been named in the England squad for the Hong Kong Sevens. Courtesy Mike Wolff

STORMED into the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Sevens Repechage tournament, and are now just two more wins away from qualifying for the elite World Sevens circuit in 2019.

The Pacific island is still reeling from the devastating impact of Cyclone Josie last week. Native media reported 4 individuals had been killed, whereas hundreds of properties have been flooded.

"We've talked about it all week - what we could do to lift the worries and stresses people are having in their lives - and I thought the players did admirably this weekend".

Fiji scored four tries and converted two against Kenya's Billy Odhiambo and Skipper Oscar Ouma which was converted by Eden Agero for a 24-12 win for the Fijians.

Fiji had come to Hong Kong looking to raise spirits back home and grab a slice of history with a fourth straight title win - and an 18th overall.

Shujaa remained focused showing intent of causing an upset but "Big Willy" Ambaka took out Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai who looked like he had flown over the line but the stretch from Ambaka was excellent after dislodging the ball out of Tuwai's hands in the act-of-scoring.

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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.

"We were clinical and accurate in what we did", said Fiji coach Gareth Baber.

South Africa beat New Zealand 29-7 to take the bronze medal, while Argentina edged US 14-12 to secure fifth.

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

Fiji, who are nearly at full strength, thrashed New Zealand 50-7 in their final pool match and are on course to meet South Africa in the semi-finals if they overcome Argentina and the Blitzboks beat Spain.

Earlier in the day there was another historic moment, this time for Japan, who earned a place in next season's World Rugby Sevens Series courtesy of a 19-14 win over Germany in the men's qualification tournament.



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