Hamilton Sevens: Fiji overturns South Africa in final

Hamilton Sevens: Fiji overturns South Africa in final

It first beat Pacific rival Samoa 12-10 in the quarterfinals, then hosts 14-12 in a thrilling semifinal. entered the gold medal match with a 9-6 record in 15 previous World Series finals meetings against and extended that to become the fourth different victor in four tournaments on this season's World Series.

This is, however, an improvement from the first two legs of the HSBC World Seven Series.

Speedster Eroni Sau is on fifth place with 151 points. Fiji would go on to win the overall tournament, whilst Australia had clinched the trophy on home turf in Sydney a week earlier.

Gareth Baber's men came from behind to beat the reigning champions South Africa, 24-17.

Organisers, the police and World Rugby have given the inaugural Hamilton Sevens tournament a resounding thumbs up.

He said while there are no guarantees, New Zealand was a big contributor towards the global Sevens series both in terms of having a team that participates in all of the tournaments and its success at running the event for the last 19 years, 18 of them in Wellington.

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"It's been a tough two weeks for us as a programme losing out in the quarter-final stages - we aspire to be better than that", said the head coach.

Caught on the fly: Australia's Charlie Taylor is rounded up in the bronze-medal match against New Zealand at Waikato Stadium. "We were good in the contact area, the tackle and then we finished with lovely tries".

Samoa produced their best performance of the season, bouncing back from their quarter final defeat by Fiji to edge England 22-17 in extra-time and Kenya 19-15 in the playoff for fifth place.

Prop forwards Curtis Lilako, Brian Nyikuli, Oliver Mang'eni and Peter Karina scored a converted try each to extend the bankers' unbeaten run to eight matches (39 points).

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.

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