Fiji earn first win as Amor’s lads crash

The Rugby Paper - - World Sevens Series -

FIJI picked up their first tro­phy since the Rio Olympics by re­tain­ing their Hong Kong Sevens crown last week­end.

They have strug­gled to reach the heights of last sea­son un­der new head coach Gareth Bar­ber, who took over from Ben Ryan, but a stun­ning dis­play saw them out­play South Africa 22-0 in the fi­nal.

It was the Bl­itzbokke’s sev­enth fi­nal on the spin and they look set to take the se­ries ti­tle bar­ring any ma­jor shocks in the re­main­ing legs in Singapore this week­end, Paris and Lon­don next month.

Eng­land went into the tour­na­ment high on con­fi­dence hav­ing beaten South Africa to win the last leg in Van­cou­ver but Si­mon Amor was left an­gry as two de­feats to the USA and New Zealand on day two saw them fin­ish sev­enth.

“It’s been a hugely frus­trat­ing week­end,” said Amor. “We didn’t get our game go­ing which is par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­point­ing com­ing off the win in Van­cou­ver but that’s sevens.”

Tey were drawn against Mike Fri­day’s USA in the quar­ter fi­nals and the Amer­i­cans claimed a con­vinc­ing 27-7 win, with two tries from for­mer Welling­ton Col­lege pupil Madi­son Hughes.

Fifth place was up for grabs but a 21-7 de­feat to New Zealand ended their tour­na­ment. For­mer Har­lequin Ol­lie Lind­say-Hague was Eng­land’s sole try scorer as the tour­na­ment’s rev­e­la­tion, Joe Ravou­vou, crossed twice and Sione Mo­lia once for the Ki­wis.

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