NZ medal-less, Fiji triumph at inaugural Hamilton 7's
NZ medal-less, Fiji triumph at inaugural Hamilton 7's
Hamilton heartbreak for Samoa
06 February, 2018, 15:20
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New Zealand needed a last-gasp try to Joe Ravouvou to snatch a 17-12 win over Argentina, semifinalists in Sydney last weekend, and to clinch top place in its pool.
An unrelenting Fiji have secured Hamilton Sevens glory against all the odds, rallying from a 17-5 half-time deficit to beat red-hot favourites South Africa 24-17 in Sunday's final.
With the win in Hamilton last night the Fijian 7s team is now third on the Sevens Series standing with 62 points while South Africa leads the table with 77 points New Zealand in second place with 69 points.
The world champion South Africans, host New Zealand and Olympic champion Fiji all finished with unblemished 3-0 records from pool play while Kenya topped the tight Pool D with two wins and a draw.
Speedster Eroni Sau is on fifth place with 151 points. They could have gone further ahead early in the second half but made errors and Fiji scored, and then hit their straps.
New Zealand were denied in the bronze medal match, after they were edged 8-7 by rivals Australia.
Kenya is now placed at position seven overall after amassing 35 points in third rounds played at the World Series.
As it turned out that was Australia's final score in the match even though they started the second half with a one-man advantage.
"We've got to go back to Fiji and work hard, develop our game even more, but obviously not lose what we're good at and that's what we saw tonight".
After winning all three of their pool matches on the tournament's first day Saturday, posted two cliff-hanging wins in the knockout rounds to make its way to the final.
Meanwhile Papua New Guinea showed strong improvement from Sydney, thrashing France 35-0 0 before being outgunned 42-12 against the United States to finish a credible 11th.
Flier Alasio Sovita Naduva scored a hattrick‚ which all had their genesis in some sublime handling and other-worldly passing.
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