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Fiji reclaim Hong Kong 7s title beating NZ 33-19 in final

Fiji reclaim Hong Kong 7s title beating defending champ NZ 33-19 in final

Fiji's Jerry Tuwai celebrates after scoring a try during the quarterfinal match against England at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong,...
Fiji's Samisoni Viriviri, front, is tackled by Kwagga Smith of South Africa during their semifinal match of the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in H...

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens

Fiji's Jerry Tuwai celebrates after scoring a try during the quarterfinal match against England at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong,...

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens

Fiji's Samisoni Viriviri, front, is tackled by Kwagga Smith of South Africa during their semifinal match of the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in H...

HONG KONG (AP) -- Fiji reclaimed the Hong Kong Sevens title when it routed defending champion New Zealand 33-19 in the final on Sunday.

Fiji blasted to a 21-0 lead in the first half, taking the tension out of the 12th final matchup between the tournament's most successful sides.

Each time New Zealand rallied, Fiji had a reply, and even denied New Zealand the last say when Fiji's Vatemo Ravouvou and Apisai Domolailai bundled out Rieko Ioane just shy of the left corner flag.

The win was Fiji's third in four years in the Hong Kong Sevens, and a record-extending 13th in the tournament it prizes above all others.


Updated : 2021-09-24 05:14 GMT+08:00