Fiji win fourth straight title Hong Kong

FIJI win a fourth straight tittle Hong Kong Sevens crown on Sunday with a crunching 24-12 victory over Kenya and dedicated the win to those hit by a cyclone which struck this month.

“It’s great to have done this for the people of Fiji and those who have been affected by the floods in Fiji,” said coach Gareth Baber. “We’ve talked about it all week — what we could do to lift the worries and stresses people are having in their lives — and I thought the players did admirably this weekend.”

Cyclone Josie claimed a reported four lives and left thousands of dwellings flooded when it hit the island nation at high tide in early April.

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Fiji had come to Hong Kong looking to raise spirits back home and grab a slice of history with a fourth straight title win — and an 18th overall.

Such is the importance of the event to Fijians that they opted to send a full strength squad to town, even though the Commonwealth Games sevens tournament — one they have never won — is next weekend.

It paid off after a scorching final day that saw them first pushed to the limit by a spirited and youthful South Africa in winning their semifinal 26-24.

South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and England were among the nations to send development squads to Hong Kong and focus their more senior players on the Commonwealth Games.

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Kenya came full strength and had looked a serious threat to the Fijians’ reign after winning their semifinal 21-7 over New Zealand.

But two yellow cards late in the first half left them with five men, and Fiji pounced with an Amenoni Nasilasila try that made the score 17-0 at the half.

Fiji win fourth straight title Hong Kong