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sasuke uchiha

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fiji win hong kong 7s, but NZ 7s retain series lead,,,
March 25, 2013, 17:39:05

Fiji win in Hong Kong, but All Blacks Sevens retain series lead

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Fiji have defended their Hong Kong Sevens title in the most dramatic way - coming back from a half time deficit of 19-0 against Wales to claim a famous 26-19 victory.
 

Osea Kolinisau came on as a second half substitute and turned the course of the game with two quickfire tries. He added a third late on to seal a comeback that had looked highly unlikely after a first half in which Wales had made all the running and Fiji a raft of unforced errors.

Cory Allen was Wales' standout player in the first half, using a combination of bulk, pace and sleight of hand more commonly associated with the Fijians as he scored two tries and had a large hand in another.

But after the break Fiji, inspired by Kolinisau, were a completely different proposition as they forced Wales into errors and took advantage with some lethal finishing.

All Blacks Sevens claim third and valuable series points

Rocky Khan and Sherwin Stowers both scored two tries as New Zealand outclassed a tired Kenya outfit 36-5 in the third place playoff. In doing so, New Zealand gained 17 valuable HSBC Sevens World Series points to remain well clear at the top of the standings on 113 points. Fiji are second, 25 points behind New Zealand, with Samoa, Plate winners in Hong Kong, a further four points back.

Portugal, USA and Spain currently occupy positions 12-15 in the season's standings. The teams in those positions come the London Sevens will battle it out with Hong Kong, Russia, Georgia, Tonga and Zimbabwe for three core team spots in next season's HSBC Sevens World Series.

Earlier on the last day, Fiji had overcome Australia in the Cup quarter final 29-5 before coming from 14-0 behind to beat Series leaders New Zealand 33-14 in the Cup semi. Wales defeated Canada 28-14 in their Cup quarter, before securing a place in their first-ever Cup final with a 19-0 defeat of Kenya.

England ended a disappointing campaign with a Bowl title by beating Hong Kong 42-7, the same score they beat France by earlier to book their place in the semis where they defeat South Africa.

Hong Kong delighted the home support and pulled off a shock 7-5 Bowl quarter final over Argentina, before beating USA in the semis.

In the Shield, Julien Candelon scored the winning try for France as they beat Argentina.

Earlier on the last day, Russia, Zimbabwe, Tonga and Georgia all kept alive their hopes of gaining core team status for next season. Zimbabwe went on to win the final, beating Tonga 22-19 to head to London with momentum.

The quartet won their quarter-final matches in the Series pre-qualifier early on day three in Hong Kong to secure their places in the promotion / relegation play-off finale at the final round of the Series, the Marriott London Sevens on 11-12 May.

Rugby World Cup Sevens hosts Russia were impressive in beating Uruguay, Zimbabwe were made to work hard before overcoming Brazil, Tonga edged Tunisia and Georgia proved too strong for next week's Tokyo Sevens hosts, Japan.

In London the four nations will play off for three available core team places on the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series with Asian champions Hong Kong and the core teams ranked 13th, 14th and 15th after round 8, the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens.

"We've worked hard for this tournament. We realise the importance of it because it is a qualifier for London," said Russia coach, Alexander Alekseenko.

"Unfortunately we have six players in our national team who are injured so we were a bit concerned coming into the tournament. However, the new guys played really well with the older players remaining. Overall I'm really pleased.

"The preparations for the Rugby World Cup Sevens will begin for us from tomorrow. We are really looking forward to this tournament and each Sevens World Series tournament is a stepping stone for us towards this historic event for Russian rugby."


sasuke uchiha

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RE: fiji win hong kong 7s, but NZ 7s retain series lead,,,
March 25, 2013, 17:55:36

with so much rugger of the 15 man variety rolling around, its easy to overlook the 7s circut, but with the crem de la creme of the 7s circut sereis just passed aka the hong kong 7s, i want to give a big congrats to fiji for a well deserved victory.
fijians look tired after their semis with the kiwis, but still had enough to get the job done and make the remaining 7s series games look intersting, NZ are in the drivers seat.

current top 10 table looks like this,,,
 

1  New Zealand 19 19 22 17 19 17       113
2  Fiji 22 10 12 7 15 22       88
3  Samoa 10 22 7 15 17 13       84
4  South Africa 17 7 17 10 22 5       78
5  Kenya 15 17 5 19 1 15       72
6  Wales 5 13 13 3 10 19       63
7  France 12 15 19 5 8 3       62
8  Argentina 13 8 15 10 7 2       55
9  Canada 5 12 1 8 13 12       51
10  England 7 3 5 22 5 8       50


with only 3 tournaments remaining, all NZ has to do secure the world 7s series is come at least 4th place or higher in two of the tournaments & 5th place or higher in one of them.
if NZ achieve these barest of minimums, NZ will win their 11th title from 14 tournaments, :o)

GO NZ 7S!!!


canrugby

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RE: fiji win hong kong 7s, but NZ 7s retain series lead,,,
March 26, 2013, 00:14:43

Canada still in a good spot even with two really bad showings. They need to have three more solid outings and they can finish a solid 8th. Another couple of plate finals appearances should do it! :)

 

They seem to be hitting their stride and playing well.


sasuke uchiha

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RE: fiji win hong kong 7s, but NZ 7s retain series lead,,,
March 26, 2013, 19:07:35

candians are doing very well, will be tough for them to stay in the top 10 by the time the series is over, but i wouldnt bet on it, just like i wouldnt bet against them making the top 6, they are every bit as good as any team outside the top 4, they just dont have the consistency yet & that is the key.


oimatey

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RE: fiji win hong kong 7s, but NZ 7s retain series lead,,,
March 27, 2013, 18:01:54

 Kenyans are surprising. Would be nice if it could translate into 15's, but the footage I have seen they aren't that interested in the hard grafting aspect of 15's - the "Fijian syndrome"


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