Fiji retained the HSBC New Zealand Sevens crown
on Sunday, to move joint top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens
Fiji has now also won two of the first three tournaments
of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Fiji playmaker Jerry Tui
was named HSBC Player of the Final after directing his side's
comprehensive 38-0 victory.
The USA was a gallant loser and finished
runner-up for the third consecutive tournament to hold on to a
share of top spot in the series standings. Losing semi-finalists
New Zealand and South Africa remain third and fourth respectively.
Fiji Head Coach, Gareth Baber, said, "It was obviously
very special [to go back-to-back] and I want to say a big thank
you to all the Fijian fans. They certainly lifted the team today
and we appreciate everything you've done for us."
were also awarded the UL Mark of Excellence Award for the act of
sportsmanship ahead of the match as they lifted the ball girl high
into the air while they said their final prayer.
Zealand made sure that it finished its home campaign on a winning
note with a 29-7 victory over South Africa in the bronze final.
Scotland finished fifth beating Tonga 24-19
while England won the Challenge Trophy after beating Kenya 36-7.
In the process England's James Rodwell (pictured) eclipsed Kiwi DJ Forbes'
record for the most appearances ever on the HSBC World Rugby
Sevens Series. It was Rodwell's 90th tournament and he capped the
landmark with a try.
The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
moves onto Sydney next weekend (1-3 February) where full men's and
women's tournaments will take place.
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.