Fiji, NZ, Kenya and South Africa top pools at NZ Sevens

Posted February 06, 2018

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team tops Pool A for the US 7s in Las Vegas on March 2-4.

"I'm really happy for Ryan Olowofela who scored his first two tries on the World Series yesterday - a great demonstration of the young talent we have coming through the programme and the depth that this adds to the squad".

On to the final and it was frantic, frenetic and loud, as the entire stadium brought all the energy of both days of partying together at once, but it was light blue Fijian flags waving with delirious joy all the way to Fiji as South Africa was beaten 24-17.

Fiji ended New Zealand's hopes of winning a tournament in front of their home fans.

Fiji won the Hamilton series after overcoming South Africa 24-17 in a thrilling game.

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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 Head of England Sevens Simon Amor.

South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji and Kenya topped their groups Saturday at the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series, staged for the first time in Hamilton.

Elsewhere, Australia edged past New Zealand 8-7 to take the third-place honors, while United States of America saw off Argentina 31-12 to lift the Challenge trophy.

New Zealand plays England, Fiji faces Samoa, Kenya takes on Australia and South Africa meets Scotland in Sunday's quarterfinals.

"It would be wonderful for the global game and Fiji has contributed a lot to Sevens".

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They lost Sevuloni Mocenacagi for the final two matches after he was suspended for two games for a risky tackle, but still had just enough firepower to beat New Zealand 14-12 in the semi-finals.

Kenya turned on the gas in the second half and they outscored Scotland by three tries to one to eventually win 33-19.

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

Three of their four tries were scored by the Player of the Final the electrical Alasio Sovita Naduva with Eroni Sau delivering the fourth.

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