Fiji, NZ, Kenya and South Africa top pools at NZ Sevens

05 February, 2018, 06:24 | Author: Clint Gray
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Fiji were crowned the champions after coming from behind to beat series leaders South Africa 24-17 in the Cup final.

New Zealand's finished fourth at the inaugural Hamilton Sevens World Series event, after losing their semi final 14-12 to eventual champions Fiji.

After being down 5-17 down at half-time, the Fijians fought back with some of the best tries the Sevens circuit has seen this season.

Mr Dunbar said whispers on "the streets" suggested Fiji was keen to replace New Zealand as hosts of the global tournament.

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Fiji would have to come through a nervy encounter with Pacific rivals Samoa in the quarter-finals, with their opponents having appeared to have scored a late winning try through Eroni Sau.

They had been trailing 12-5 after first-half Luciano Gonzalez and Felipe del Mestre tries handed a valiant Argentinian side the ascendancy.

After Australia's hopes of a second consecutive tournament victory were dashed in their semi-final loss to South Africa, stand-in captain James Stannard sent over a 20-metre penalty drop goal after the siren to claim a nail-biting 8-7 win over New Zealand in the third-place playoff on Sunday.

The Kiwis crossed twice before McConnochie got his second score of the game and in a match which ebbed and flowed before a Scott Curry try eventually secured the win for the hosts.

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Shujaa's gremlins showed as early as the opening 30 seconds when Samoa broke the deadlock straight from kick off. Sammy Oliech's attempt to pick the ball failed and Neria FOmai picked up, strolling over the chalk for a 5-0 lead.

Kenya were the only team to score in the second half.

Kenya continued with their comeback mission with youthful duo of Arthur Owira and Samuel Ngethe grounding a try each, but the two missed conversions allowed Samoa to finish fifth.

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