NZ knocked out of Sevens by Fiji

06 February, 2018, 13:50 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Fiji beat South Africa to win the Hamilton Sevens in New Zealand

"Over the past few years we have held several major global sporting fixtures, and successfully delivering our HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament this weekend has enhanced our reputation as a "can do" city when it comes to these big events", Mayor King says.

But in the final‚ despite running into a 19-5 lead thanks to first half tries from Kwagga Smith‚ Kyle Brown and Branco du Preez‚ Fiji came storming back with some brilliantly constructed scores.

The National Rugby sevens team Shujaa is expected back in the country Tuesday morning, after recording their best performance in this season HSBC World Series at the Hamilton leg in New Zealand.

Fiji ended New Zealand's hopes of winning a tournament in front of their home fans. Hamilton's final was another reminder that now these two teams set the standard in Sevens.

The current World Series champions departed Cape Town three weeks ago in second place, but after a relatively successful Australasian leg - losing finalists in Sydney and Hamilton - they top the series and it is an achievement all the more commendable as they suffered a raft of injuries ahead of the New Zealand tournament.

The tries helped Fiji win the inaugural tournament after beating South Africa 24-17 in an epic final.

Paula Dranisinukula of Fiji makes a break against South Africa
Paula Dranisinukula of Fiji makes a break against South Africa

New Zealand's Joe Ravouvou is consoled by Fiji's Eroni Sau.

"We had a great launch event on Friday evening in Garden Place, and a lot of the hospitality businesses and retailers have got behind the event as well".

FIJIAN rugby trademark off-loads hit worldwide limelight again yesterday when Fiji Airways Fiji 7s reps, Kalione Nasoko and Alosio Naduva combined twice to score the winning tries for Fiji in the Cup final of the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand last night.

Fiji were given an almighty scare by Pacific Island rivals Samoa in their quarter-final and needed an incredible last-gasp try from Kalione Nasoko to snatch a dramatic victory.

The team finished sixth after loosing to Samoa 19-15 for the fifth place.

Cup quarter-finals: Fiji 12-10 Samoa, New Zealand 19-12 England, Kenya 12-33 Australia, South Africa 22-0 Scotland.


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