All Blacks Sevens fourth in Hong Kong

"It's great to have done this for the people of Fiji and those who have been affected by the floods in Fiji", said coach Gareth Baber.

Australia's youngsters fought hard at the Hong Kong Sevens but were outclassed on Sunday to end an underwhelming tournament. Canada's Pat Kay scored first in the second half, but the missed conversion left Kenya with a two-point lead before the floodgates opened and the Africans ran in three tries to finish 33-10 winners.

Fiji won their fourth Hong Kong Sevens title in as many years when they beat Kenya's Shujaa24-12 in a repeat of the Vancouver Sevens final.

After their agonizing 26-24 loss to Fiji in a riveting semi-final encounter, the Blitzboks, with a number of new faces showed that the depth of sevens rugby in South Africa is indeed impressive.

Fiji capitalised on the sin-binning of Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka in the first half, scoring two quick tries.

Famed for a party atmosphere nearly unrivaled in the world of sport, Fiji enjoys the annual trip to Hong Kong more than most.

"Hong Kong is always special for us, we respect and honor the tradition that Fiji has with the Hong Kong Sevens".

Kenya last won the main cup in 2016 after beating Fiji 30-7 and last beat Fiji 17-14 at the USA Sevens, the fifth leg of the Series.

Fiji's third match win of the 2018 Sevens Collection took the Pacific island group to inside three factors of leaders South Africa within the general standings.

Earlier in the day there was another historic moment, this time for Japan, who earned a place in next season's World Rugby Sevens Series courtesy of a 19-14 win over Germany in the men's qualification tournament.

Fiji have come to Hong Kong with a full-strength squad which they are hoping can back up and win gold at the Commonwealth Games on Australia?s Gold Coast next week.

  • Sylvester Abbott