Fiji earn first win as Amor’s lads crash
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.