Shujaa to face Hamilton champs Fiji in Vegas

Fiji Fans at Marist Rugby Club grounds in Hamilton New Zealand yesterday

All appeared lost for the Fijians at the half-way mark, with Kwagga Smith, Kyle Brown and Branco du Preez putting the match nearly beyond doubt.

The result saw Shujaa drop to the fifth place semifinals where they beat Scotland 33-19 to book a final berth with Samoa.

The second half, however, was all Fiji with two further tries to Naduva and one from Eroni Sau to reverse last year's result when they lost the final to South Africa in New Zealand.

Fiji has knocked New Zealand out of the Hamilton sevens.

I am confident tickets for the 2019 tournament will sell out quickly once they are on sale.

Up to 18 countries are reportedly bidding for 10 world series men's tournaments in 2020 and beyond.




That proved the case again, despite the bullish presence of Smith for South Africa, and Fijian boss Gareth Baber was chuffed with his side's display. Douglas scored a late try to make it close. "We were good in the contact area, the tackle and then we finished with lovely tries".

"We secretly planned to have our own combination because I knew Naduva is a fast man and if I created space for him properly, he would score", Nasoko said.

James Stannard slotted a penalty at the death to give Australia a thrilling 8-7 win over New Zealand and third place at the Hamilton Sevens.

"Over the past few years we have held several major global sporting fixtures, and successfully delivering our HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament this weekend has enhanced our reputation as a "can do" city when it comes to these big events", Mayor King says.

The two sides had scored a try apiece, with Kiwi captain Scott Curry's opener matched by Joe Porch's five-pointer after the break.

Samoa produced their best performance of the season, bouncing back from their quarter final defeat by Fiji to edge England 22-17 in extra-time and Kenya 19-15 in the playoff for fifth place.

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