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Fiji defends Hamilton 7s title

January 28, 2019 10:55 am
The Fiji 7s team after winning the Hamilton title [Source: World Rugby]

The Fiji Airways men’s 7s side has defended the Hamilton title after thumping USA 38-0 in the Cup final.

Jerry Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqu and Aminiasi Tuimaba scored in the first half as Fiji led 17-nil at the breather.

It was a one way traffic in the second spell, as Tuwai scored his second try as speedster Alasio Naduva also managed to get two tries in the game.

Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber who received the UL Mark of Excellence Award says he’s proud of the boys and their performance.

“Just keep carrying on, its hard work, perseverance, it’s believe in each other and believe in the Lord plus the power and strength that he gives us. Most of all it’s believing in all the people back in Fiji and this Mark of Excellency for all the children that we see so often playing around us.”

Fiji 7s captain Kalione Nasoko dedicated the win to the fans who were present in huge numbers to support the team.

“First of all I would like to thank the lord all mighty who has been the source of strength and the power for team. Also to the big crowd, there is a lot of supporters from Fiji, we like to play in-front of the crowd here. Thank you so much for your supports, for us it feels like playing at home and this win is for you all.”


The Fiji fans at the Hamilton 7s [Source: World Rugby]

Fiji will now reset and focus on the Sydney 7s next weekend.

MATCHTIMETEAM 1SCORETEAM 2STAGE
M259:00AMArgentina35 - 0JapanCTQF
M269:22AMKenya19 - 12TongaCTQF
M279:44AMSpain19 - 10WalesCTQF
M2810:06AMEngland21 - 5FranceCTQF
M2910:36AMFiji33 - 7CanadaCup QF 1
M3010:58AMSouth Africa28 - 19SamoaCup QF 2
M3111:20AMNew Zealand24 - 17AustraliaCup QF 3
M3211:42AMUSA19 - 14ScotlandCup QF 4
M3312:10PMJapan7 - 31Tonga13th Place SF
M3412:32PMWales19 - 35France13th Place SF
M3512:54PMArgentina7 - 24KenyaCTSF
M3613:16PMSpain7 - 38EnglandCTSF
M3714:26PMCanada19 - 28Samoa5th Place SF
M3814:48PMAustralia14 - 24Scotland5th Place SF
M3915:16PMFijiVSSouth AfricaCup SF
M4015:38PMNew ZealandVSUSACup SF
M4116:00PMTongaVSFrance13th Place Final
M4217:00PMKenyaVSEnglandCT Final
M4317:26PMSamoaVSScotland5th Place Playoff
M4418:10PMLoser M39VSLoser M40Bronze Final
M4519:10PMWinner M39VSWinner M40Cup Final