All Blacks Sevens finish fourth in Hong Kong

Apr 09, 2018, 01:50
All Blacks Sevens finish fourth in Hong Kong

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 8- Kenya put up a spirited performance to stun New Zealand with a 21-12 victory in the Hong Kong Sevens semi final on Sunday morning to book a second consecutive Main Cup final against Fiji.

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.

The script was made even harder for Kenya as they lost Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka to yellow card thus having to fight two men down.

Eroni Sau (left) of Fiji tackles Kenya's Nelson Oyoo during the Cup Final of the Hong Kong Sevens.

Despite tries from Kenya's Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ouma in the second half, Fiji were uncatchable and cemented their reputation in Hong Kong as the team to beat.

Nasilasila sent in Vatemo Ravouvou for Fiji's fourth try and a 24-5 lead with less than two minutes to go, and the certainty of a 25th straight win at Hong Kong dating to 2014.

The irrepressible Selvyn Davids‚ danced and jigged his way to three tries in the first half to give the underdogs a 19-5 lead at the break.

"We are working well", said Spain captain Francisco Hernandez.

"Hong Kong is at all times particular for us, we respect and honor the custom that Fiji has with the Hong Kong Sevens".

South Africa claimed the bronze medal after beating New Zealand 29-7 while Argentina beat United States of America 14-12 to secure fifth. 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.