Fiji overpowered a strong New Zealand side in Hong Kong to lift the Cup for a second consecutive year
Fiji have won the Cathay Pacific/Hong Kong sevens after beating New Zealand for a second year running at the prestigious tournament.
Ben Ryan's side walked away with the Cup following a bruising 20 minute encounter with the All Blacks Sevens in front of packed out stands in Hong Kong. Pita Ahki got Sir Gordon Tietjens side off to a flying start when he turned Jerry Tuwai inside out and ran in under the posts. However just minutes later Tuwai got his revenge as he sniped over the New Zealand line from three metres away. With the rain starting to fall, handling errors were plentiful from both sides and the first half ended 7-7.
Kitione Taliga scored early on in the second half for Fiji after Semi Kunatani made a striding break through the stretched New Zealand defence. At 14-7, Fiji then turned up the pressure even more as Pio Tuwai turned over possession on Fiji's 22 and let Amenoni Nasilasila loose, who eventually offloaded to send Semi Kunatani under the posts and secure the victory.
Elsewhere in the competition South Africa edged Australia to finish third, England beat USA to take the plate, Argentina beat Scotland to the bowl and Russia overcame Canada to lift the plate.
Draw for Singapore
Following on from Hong Kong, the draw is announced for round 8 of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore next weekend.
Draw announced for HSBC Singapore Sevens Following on from the drama and excitement of the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, World Rugby has announced the draw for round 8 of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore next weekend.
Hong Kong Cup winners Fiji head up pool A and will face England, Samoa and Portugal, while Hong Kong's beaten finalists New Zealand will play USA, France and Canada in pool B.
South Africa will play Kenya, Scotland and Russia in pool C and in the fourth of the pools Australia will face Wales, Argentina and Japan.
After seven rounds of the series Fiji have stretched out to a five-point lead at the top of the HSBC, now ahead of New Zealand who are one point clear of third-placed South Africa. Australia and USA remain fourth and fifth travelling on to Singapore.