Shujaa to face Hamilton champs Fiji in Vegas

06 February, 2018, 15:21 | Author: Bert Pena
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Fiji have beaten South Africa 24-17 to win the Cup final in Hamilton.

National Rugby sevens team ran at the Hamilton sevens in New Zealand came to an entertaining end on Sunday.

"It was tough with only 10 players because our bench is important to bring new energy into the team, but we did well under the circumstances and I think we played better than was the case in last weekend's final in Sydney", Senatla said.

Both sides scored two tries in the second half, but it was Samoa who waked away with a 22-17 victory.

In Saturday's earlier matches, the Kiwis demolished France 52-7, while a Koroi playmaking masterclass guided them to a 24-5 win over Scotland.

It is the second tournament in a row where England have finished joint seventh, with the next meeting at the Las Vegas leg of the series in March.

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FMG Stadium Waikato hosted the New Zealand Sevens for the first time this weekend, 3 and 4 February, with a festival atmosphere at the venue and a busy central city marking a successful entry into the global rugby series.

Flier Alasio Sovita Naduva scored a hattrick‚ which all had their genesis in some sublime handling and other-worldly passing.

"It gives confidence but you keep feet firmly on the ground and you move onto the next thing and the next thing is to go back to Fiji, recover and work on some of the areas that we need to keep pushing", said Gareth Baber.

After four tournaments so far, each one having had a different victor to illustrate how tight the competition is this year, South Africa are top of the standings with 77 points, with New Zealand second on 66, then Fiji on 62 and Australia on 60.

McConnochie got England's day off and running as he crossed for the first of two tries against Russian Federation inside the first minute in a 47-0 win, with 19-year-old Ryan Olowofela also scoring twice in that match - his first every tries at the World Series.

"We had to believe in that and we got momentum in the tackle and in the contact areas".

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