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Monday, March 26, 2012

Fiji win the Hong Kong Sevens 2012 - Highlights from all three days

Fiji beat New Zealand 35-28 in a thrilling Cup final to win the 2012 Hong Kong Sevens tournament, moving them within a few points of the overall HSBC Sevens World Series leaders. Today we've got highlights from each day's play, including the final itself.

A high scoring final produced some incredible rugby in what was arguably one of the best games seen at the tournament. Fiji took their 13th Hong Kong title, and started the final impressively with two early tries. New Zealand came back in typical fashion, setting up a grandstand second half.

The Fijians did the same after the break, as they scored twice early and couldn't be caught, despite a Bryce Heem effort that put New Zealand back in touch. Waisea Nayacalevu settled matters though with a quick return try, before New Zealand scored a consolation try on full time.

"I think we wanted it more than New Zealand in the last ten minutes," said Fiji coach Alavereti Dere, who now has the honour of having won the tournament as both a player and a coach.

South Africa scored four tries to beat England 28-0 in the third place game, and they stay third on the table with 93 points, behind Fiji on 109, and New Zealand on 111.

In other big news from the tournament, Canada, Spain, and Portugal have all qualified to take part in the entire HSBC Sevens World Series next year.

Below are three videos posted as a playlist. The first is of Day 1, then Day 2, then it's the final day. You can hit play once to watch them all, or skip straight to the final using the player controls. 

Mobile users: If you can't view the playlist above, view it here

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Tring March 26, 2012 10:14 am

Really promising to see teams such as China, Philippines and Guyana getting stuck in. The spread of teams should make the Olympics (Rio) a real spectacle. To have a genuinely global competition will make for a great event, and hopefully once nations establish a 7's squad, a 15's might follow. IRB are doing really well spreading the game as I see it.

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paimoe March 26, 2012 1:47 pm

Yeah, definitely cool to see some (in a 15s sense) "super minnow" teams showing up and winning some games. I think 7s is a good way to generate interest in rugby in general, especially in soccer countries

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Inigolizarza March 26, 2012 10:57 am

Congrats to Spain, we've been doing a huge effort during last 2 years in my country using our best XV players only for 7s and it's paying off now. Great job guys!

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Jwall March 26, 2012 1:06 pm

Good stuff, sevens is always entertaining, good to see so many new countries having a go.

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Guest March 26, 2012 1:35 pm

England try shouldn't have been allowed, he didn't release the ball when taking the quick tap.

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WacoKid March 26, 2012 3:15 pm

Fiji's 3rd try in the finals was crap. Terrible call from the ref that set it up.

Congrats to Magleby getting his first win with the US squad.

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