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Monday, March 25, 2013

Fiji stage dramatic comeback to win Hong Kong Sevens

Fiji came from 19-0 down to win a dramatic Hong Kong Sevens Cup Final 26-19, beating Wales who were in their first ever Hong Kong final. Flyer Osea Kolinisau changed the game with a sensational hat-trick after coming on as a second half substitute.

An action packed few days in Hong Kong culminated in a fitting final as Wales took it to the Fijians, but couldn't hold on for the win three great tries blitzed them in the second period.

Wales reached the final with knockout stage victories over Canada and Kenya.

"We just said that we need not to lose hope and we just need to keep the faith and keep on working because ten minutes is a lot of time in sevens," said Fiji star Kolinisau.

"It's really a good feeling to go back to back and especially to be the first team in this season to win two cup titles. It's really important because you see there is four different winners from the first four legs so we hope to continue this in Japan," he added.

In the other finals, Samoa beat Canada in the Plate, England beat Hong Kong in the Bowl, and France beat Argentina for the Shield. New Zealand came third and extend their overall series lead to 25 points, with Fiji and Samoa trailing, followed by South Africa and Kenya.

After all the festivities of Hong Kong, the World Series moves to Tokyo next, March 30-31.

Hong Kong Sevens Day One Highlights | Day One Pre-Qualifier Highlights
Hong Kong Sevens Day Two Highlights | Day Two Pre-Qualifier Highlights
Day Three Pre-Qualifier Highlights | Seven of the Best Tries

Below are the final day's highlights, including the cup finals

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Seven of the Best Tries from the 2013 Hong Kong Sevens

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Hamsandwhich March 25, 2013 5:01 pm

filthy dummy for Cory Allen's first try, I'll be giving that a go ASAP

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Gui March 25, 2013 9:18 pm

This game was amazing, it is impressive how Fiji plays easy!!! Also, for us brazilians was a honor to see our selection playing against Japan, Zimbabue... Let's looking foward for next tests...

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stroudos March 25, 2013 10:05 pm

2:00 - can't say I approve of penalty kicks to decide sevens matches.

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Canadian content March 27, 2013 1:45 am

Agreed, I think it should be a golden try, no penalty kicks in OT, hell take them right out of Sevens altogether. No direct kicks at all, just run it baby

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Guy March 26, 2013 9:39 am

Wales showed that, on their day, just anyone can win the Olympics. That's going to be one awesome tournament.

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brawnybalboa March 27, 2013 6:30 pm

'Wales showed that, on their day, just anyone can with the Olympics'

Firstly this is the Hong Kong Sevens, not the Olympics
Secondly Wales won't be playing in the Olympics, it will be a 'Team GB' affair

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Guy March 29, 2013 10:04 am

Is it so hard to read between the lines? Noone would give Wales a chance to win a leg of the tournament beforehand but they nearly pulled it of. Kenya also did that recently. Therefor: no certain candidates to win the Olympics, which makes that tournament all the more special.

Is that clear enough for you or do I have to explain even further????

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brawnybalboa March 27, 2013 7:03 pm

I think 7's is definitely the way forward for rugby to develop as a world wide sport as teams get competitive and can compete with tier 1 nations relatively quickly. In 15's teams like Portugal and Kenya are massively outclassed by Tier 1 nations, being on the wrong end of cricket score whippings. In sevens however, they are very competitive. Kenya has toppled the All Blacks, Australia, Argentina, England, Wales, Fiji and France and has reached a world cup semi final!

In fifteens the All Blacks have only lost to Australia, South Africa, England, France and Wales in over 100 years. In Sevens they have lost to Australia, South Africa, Argentina, England, Wales, Samoa, Fiji & Kenya!

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