Battling Kenya take silver at Hong Kong Sevens

2018 Hong Kong Sevens Fiji chase a fourth-consecutive title

Fiji secured their fourth consecutive title at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens after they beat Kenya 24-12 in the final.

"It is nice to have finished this for the individuals of Fiji and people who have been affected by the floods in Fiji", defined Fiji coach Gareth Baber.

Despite tries from Kenya's Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ouma in the second half, Fiji were uncatchable and cemented their reputation in Hong Kong as the team to beat.

"Hong Kong is always special for us", captain Jerry Tuwai said.

Kenya had earlier defeated Scotland 19-12 in the cup quarters with Collins Injera scoring two tries while Willy Ambaka was also on the score sheet. "We brought the No. 1 team here, not like the others, because we respect and honour the tradition Fiji has at the Hong Kong Sevens".

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Charlie Austin restored parity for Southampton in the 73rd minute but Welbeck got the victor eight minutes later. In a wild last few minutes Mohamed Elneny and Southampton's Jack Stephens were sent off in separate incidents.

The victory in front of a packed Hong Kong Stadium means Japan will become one of the 15 core teams contesting the 10-round world series, beginning next December.

All four Hong Kong semifinalists will feature on the Gold Coast, with Olympic champion Fiji favoured to win its first Commonwealth gold medal.

Such is the importance of the event to Fijians that they opted to send a full-strength squad to town, even though the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens tournament - one they have never won - is next weekend.

Fiji's third match win of the 2018 Sevens Collection took the Pacific island group to inside three factors of leaders South Africa within the general standings.

Kenya earned 19 points for their Cup final appearance in Hong Kong and are now placed seventh in the World Series Standings with 83 points, two points adrift of sixth placed United States of America who are 85 points.

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