NZ knocked out of Hamilton Sevens by Fiji

Feb 05, 2018, 04:38
NZ knocked out of Hamilton Sevens by Fiji

The world champion South Africans, host New Zealand and Olympic champion Fiji all finished with unblemished 3-0 records from pool play while Kenya topped the tight Pool D with two wins and a draw.

The Rugby Sevens at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

Dwindling crowd numbers in the capital prompted the shift and organisers were delighted to confirm a capacity crowd of 24,000 had attended both days over the weekend.

Fiji have beaten South Africa 24-17 to win the Cup final in Hamilton.

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"Over 20,000 people have had a magic couple of days with their friends and family and there's clearly an appetite for an global sevens tournament in New Zealand", he said.

National rugby Sevens team posts best performance this season by amassing 12 points in New Zealand.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4- Kenya will face New Zealand Sevens champions Fiji in Group A of the Las Vegas leg of the World Sevens Series in the United States next month after the completion of an exciting fourth leg in Hamilton on Sunday.

The Innocent Simiyu charges now shift focus to the U.S. where they will compete at the Las Vegas Sevens from March 3-5 in the fourth round of the series.

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"A pretty good head start on a lot of other countries".

The Kenyans were punished for glaring handling mistakes and despite an improved second half performance, they couldn't bridge the gap with the Samoans coached by legendary New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens managed to knick home the win.

"It would be wonderful for the global game and Fiji has contributed a lot to Sevens".

Jean Pascal Barraque of France (bottom) is tackled by Willie Ambaka of Kenya during the Sydney World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Sydney on January 27, 2018.

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A decision on hosting from 2020 will be made later this year.

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