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Fiji win Hong Kong Sevens

 Mar 24,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Fiji are the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens champions after scoring 26 unanswered points in the second half of the final to beat Wales 26-19 on Sunday.

In the semi-finals, defending champions Fiji came from 14-0 behind to beat Series leaders New Zealand 33-14, while reigning Rugby World Cup Sevens champions Wales secured a place in their first-ever Cup final with a 19-0 defeat of Kenya.

 In the quarter finals, Wales defeated Canada 28-14 before Kenya's Biko Adema slotted a last-second drop kick penalty to see off Portugal 15-12 in the Cup quarters. They will face each other in the first Cup semi.

Fiji carried on their stunning form of the first two days with a classy 29-5 victory over Australia, before New Zealand edged a thriller with Samoa 21-14.

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Results:
Final:
Wales 19 -26 Fiji

Third place :
Kenya 5-36 New Zealand

Semi-finals:
Wales 19-0 Kenya
Fiji 26-14 New Zealand

Quarter-finals:
New Zealand 21-14 Samoa
Fiji 29-5 Australia
Portugal 12-15 Kenya
Wales 28-14 Canada

Plate finals:
Canada 7 - 12 Samoa

Plate Semi-finals:
Canada 19 - 14 Portugal
Australia 5 - 12 Samoa

Bowl final:
England 42-7 Hong Kong

Bowl semi-finals:
South Africa 14 - 26 England
Hong Kong 20 - 12 United States

Bowl quarter-finals:
France 7-42 England
Spain 14-28 South Africa
Scotland 12-21 United States
Argentina 5-7 Hong Kong

Shield Final
Argentina 14 - 19 France

The Bowl

Hong Kong delighted the home support and pulled off a shock 7-5 Bowl quarter final over Argentina. They will face USA, who defeated Scotland 21-12, in the Bowl semi.

England produced a much-improved performance to defeat France 42-7 in their Bowl quarter final. They will play South Africa in their semi. The Springboks proved too strong for Spain in their quarter final, winning it 28-14.

Pre-qualifying tournament

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 Sevens World Series with Asian champions Hong Kong and the core teams ranked 13th, 14th and 15th after round 8, the 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."

With thanks to the IRB

 

 

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