Published: Mon, April 09, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

All Blacks Sevens fourth in Hong Kong

All Blacks Sevens fourth in Hong Kong

The Fijians were first to score through Josua Vakurunabili who won a one-on-one attempt on the try box and it's was an early nerve-settler for Fiji, after a miscommunication in the Kenyan defence to score on the far corner which they failed to convert. "We were clinical and accurate in what we did", said Fiji coach Gareth Baber.

Kenya started the second half with a try to Billy Odhiambo but the comeback was snuffed out by consecutive knock-ons forced by Fiji.

Shujaa was forced to play with just five players after Willie Ambaka and Collins Injera were shown yellow cards before the half time break.

Nelson Oyoo (right) of Kenya hands off Fiji's Eroni Sau during the Cup Final of the Hong Kong Sevens.

Canada sits in 11th place in the Sevens Series standings with three tournaments to go; the team will face South Africa, Argentina and Samoa in pool play at the Singapore Sevens on April 27-29.

Elsewhere in the women's qualifier, Kenya finished third after losing out 12-7 in the semi-final against South Africa, while Belgium took fourth spot after a 22-5 loss to China.

All four Hong Kong semifinalists will feature on the Gold Coast, with Olympic champion Fiji favoured to win its first Commonwealth gold medal.

New Zealand fronted with a second-string team including six debutants with their top lineup in Australia preparing for next weekend's Commonwealth Games tournament.

China's women have earned promotion to the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019 after winning the qualifying tournament attached to the men's Hong Kong leg that got underway today. Twelve teams will battle it out in the men's world series qualifier, with the victor taking the prestigious prize of core team status for 2019.

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