Shujaa's run at Hamilton sevens comes to an end

Monday morning pack down after the Sevens in Hamilton

Fiji were on the back foot 30 seconds into the game when Josua Vakurunabili was yellow carded and during his absence Kwagga Smith scored the opening try for South Africa.

Fiji's first New Zealand title since 2010 lifted them two spots to third in the World Series standings after four rounds, 15 points behind leaders South Africa.

Australia, winners of the Sydney 7s and Bronze final in Hamilton, are drawn in Pool C with Samoa, USA and Spain.

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The Manu Samoa Sevens has crashed out of the Hamilton Sevens Cup finals after losing to Fiji, 12-10, in a thrilling quarterfinal that went down to the wire.

However, despite tries from Tom Bowen and Phil Burgess England were narrowly edged out by a Samoan side that would secure fifth place by beating Kenya later on.

The defending sevens series champions had enjoyed a more serene passage to the final, as they beat Scotland 22-0 in the quarter-finals, before overcoming Australia 24-5.

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Determined to better their performance in Sydney a week earlier, Shujaa collected 12 points, losing in the 5th place playoff match.

It was Olympic Champions against World Series Champions and this time the Olympic Champions triumphed.

A superb second half performance saw the Fijian team storm back, with Alasio Sovita Naduva finishing the match with a hat-trick of tries, helping his team to a dramatic 24-17 win.

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"I am very happy, and I commended the players for their hard work", coach Baber said.

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).

The flying Fijians followed South Africa, New Zealand and Australia in winning tournaments since the World Series season kicked off in Dubai in December.

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Kenya Sevens managed to collect 12 points and a sixth-place finish in the just-concluded Hamilton Sevens in New Zealand. It's really important that we keep on learning, growing and finding new ways to get better.

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