New Zealand Sevens round-up: Southern Hemisphere domination continues with Fiji victory

Tricia Pearson
February 6, 2018

Australia's Ben O'Donnell shakes off the Kenya defense on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton on 4th February, 2018. It was Olympic Champions against World Series Champions and this time the Olympic Champions triumphed.

They struck again a minute later in similar fashion to see scores 17-19 before Eroni Sau crossed over for the final try to see Fiji winning its first tournament in the ongoing series 24-19.

The Hamilton Sevens took the tron by storm this weekend, with a stellar seires that saw Fiji claim the title.

"Over 20,000 people have had a magic couple of days with their friends and family and there's clearly an appetite for an worldwide sevens tournament in New Zealand", he said.

Cape Town - Werner Kok was the only member of the Blitzboks team to make the Dream Team following the conclusion of the inaugural Hamilton Sevens on Sunday.

Olympic champions Fiji delivered their best performance in almost two years as they beat the Blitzboks 24-17 in the final of the Hamilton leg of the World Sevens Series on Sunday.

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Incredibly, North Korea's national flag will also be flying in their southern neighbouring country. The two are expected to meet for 45 minutes in a hotel near the venue.

"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".

Caught on the fly: Australia's Charlie Taylor is rounded up in the bronze-medal match against New Zealand at Waikato Stadium.

Head of England Sevens Simon had spoken about England improving their attacking form and Ruaridh McConnochie, who this week agreed a move to Bath Rugby at the end of the season, put the men in white up against host New Zealand in the quarter-final.

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.

Fifth place play-off: Samoa 19-15 Kenya.

Simon Amor's men would eventually finish in joint seventh alongside Scotland after a tight loss to Samoa in the fifth-place semi-final.

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