Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Hamilton gets thumbs up as sevens host

Hamilton gets thumbs up as sevens host

Kwagga Smith, Kyle Brown and Branco du Preez dotted down in the opening seven minutes, and a conversion by Cecil Afrika produced a 12-point lead.

They were crowned champions after beating South Africa 24-17. They also beat Scotland 33-19 in fifth place semi.

Alosio Naduva was the hero for the Fijians, scoring a hat trick of tries.

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.

They're now third on the overall World Series table.

Prop forwards Curtis Lilako, Brian Nyikuli, Oliver Mang'eni and Peter Karina scored a converted try each to extend the bankers' unbeaten run to eight matches (39 points).

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"It gives confidence but you keep feet firmly on the ground and you move onto the next thing and the next thing is to go back to Fiji, recover and work on some of the areas that we need to keep pushing", said Gareth Baber.

They lost Sevuloni Mocenacagi for the final two matches after he was suspended for two games for a unsafe tackle, but still had just enough firepower to beat New Zealand 14-12 in the semi-finals.

"Over the past few years we have held several major global sporting fixtures, and successfully delivering our HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament this weekend has enhanced our reputation as a "can do" city when it comes to these big events", Mayor King says. It's really important that we keep on learning, growing and finding new ways to get better.

The two sides had scored a try apiece, with Kiwi captain Scott Curry's opener matched by Joe Porch's five-pointer after the break.

In Hamilton, Kenya beat both Samoa and Canada with identical 19-14 margins in pool matches, drew 19-19 with U.S., before losing 33-12 to Australia in Cup quarters.

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