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Kenya falls to Fiji at Hong Kong 7s final
By Eric Njiru | Sun 08 Apr, 2018 15:11

Kenya Sevens lost to Fiji in a second cup final in a row after going down 12-24 at the Hong Kong 7s on Sunday April 8, 2018 in Hong Kong.

The Fijians ran in four tries and two conversions against Kenya's two tries and one conversion to complete another win over Kenya to win a fourth straight Hong Kong title. 

Best player

Kenya wins Silver medal and bags 19 points for reaching Cup final as South Africa settled for the bronze. Fiji's Amenoni Nasilasila was named the player of the final.

Argentina finished fifth with a 14-12 win over USA, France took the challenge after seeing off Canada 33-7 while Wales beat Samoa 33-5 to finish 13th. 

Teams head to Commonwealth next weekend in Gold Coast before resuming the World Sevens Series at Singapore 7s.

Fiji takes lead against Kenya

Joshua Vakurunabili won a one-on-one and it was an early nerve-settler for Fiji. Jerry Tuwai looked like he had flown over the line but the river from Willy Ambaka was excellent.  He dislodged the ball out of Tuwai's hands in the act of scoring and the try was scratched off.

Blink and we were back with Fiji threatening the line though Joshua Vakurunabili. He was just short but as he offloaded Willy Ambaka took Samisoni Viriviri off the ball and saw a yellow card as a result. Collins Injera had seen yellow just before that, and with Kenya down to five players due to the two sin bins Fiji scored, twice to lead 17-0 at the break.

Billy Odhiambo got a five-pointer in the second half for Kenya however the conversion flew wide. 

Amenoni Nasilasila, who has been electric all weekend, cut a decisive line and crossed however he gallantly handed it back to this teammate Vatemo Ravouvou who touched the ball down. 

Oscar Ouma showed Kenya's power with his final surge to the line, much to the delight of the crowd, but the Cup final had already gone to Fiji.

The full-time whistle sounded and that confirmed that Fiji have won the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens for a record fourth time in a row. 

The thoughts of Jerry Tuwai after his side just made history here in Hong Kong:

"I'd like to thank my boys for the team effort and thank the Kenyan team for a good game. Hong Kong is always special for us, we respect and honour the tradition that Fiji has with the Hong Kong Sevens."

Eric Njiru
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