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Fiji wins Hong Kong 7s title five-years in a row

April 8, 2019 12:47 pm
The Fiji 7s team after winning the Hong Kong 7s title [Source: Hong Kong Sevens]

The Fiji Airways 7s side created history by securing a fifth consecutive title in Hong Kong with a 21-7 victory over France in the cup final last night.

The Gareth Baber-coached side enthralled the crowd as they achieved something that no other side has ever been able to do.

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Filimoni Botitu scored the opening try of the match to put them into an early lead 7-0.

Captain Paula Dranisinukula then made a break, allowing Botitu to juggle the ball behind the back of his head before getting the offload away to Aminiasi Tuimaba.

Fiji led 14-0 at the breather.

France was awarded a penalty try after Josua Vakurunabili was yellow carded for a high tackle.

Fijian-flyer Tuimaba then scored his double to seal the win before he was given a yellow card for a dangerous tackle.

Tuimaba who was awarded the Man of the Final dedicated the win to his family.

β€œFirstly I just want to thank the Lord for his plans for me and I just want to thank my family back at home, my three boys and my grandparents I just want to dedicate this win to them and also our supporters who came out in numbers.”

Coach Gareth Baber dedicated the win to the families of the Christchurch shooting victims.

β€œ”I think that all of this has been in the backdrop of what happened in Christchurch, obviously our hearts and our thoughts go out to all of those families and this is a dedication to them.”

Fiji is the first team in the world 7s series to win five straight titles in a row.

MATCHTIMETEAM 1SCORETEAM 2POOL
M109:42PMSamoa17 - 7ScotlandPool A
M210:06PMSouth Africa22 - 7JapanPool A
M310:31PMEngland29 - 19WalesPool D
M410:53PMUSA36 - 7SpainPool D
M511:15PMNew Zealand40 - 14AustraliaPool C
M611:37PMFiji22 - 5KenyaPool C
M812:01AMArgentina19 - 14CanadaPool B
M812:26AMFrance40 - 7PortugalPool B
SAT APR 06, 2019
M903:16PMSamoa31 - 21JapanPool A
M1003:41PMSouth Africa26 - 10ScotlandPool A
M1104:03PMEngland54 - 5SpainPool D
M1204:25PMUSA19 -21WalesPool D
M1304:51PMNew Zealand36 - 0KenyaPool C
M1405:13PMFiji31 - 12AustraliaPool C
M1505:35PMArgentina26 - 21PortugalPool B
M1605:59PMFrance24 - 12CanadaPool B
M1707:00PMScotland19 - 19JapanPool A
M1807:22PMSouth Africa21 - 7SamoaPool A
M1907:44PMWales10 - 26SpainPool D
M2008:08PMUSA17 - 28EnglandPool D
M2108:33PMAustralia28 - 12KenyaPool C
M2208:55PMFiji24 - 5New ZealandPool C
M2309:17PMCanada19 - 12PortugalPool B
M2409:41PMFrance26 - 14ArgentinaPool B
SUN APR 07
M2501:30PMScotland33 - 14SpainCTQF
M2601:52PMAustralia26 - 21PortugalCTQF
M2702:14PMWales7 - 38JapanCTQF
M2802:36PMCanada0 - 19KenyaCTQF
M2902:58PMSouth Africa12 - 21USACup QF1
M3003:20PMFiji29 - 24ArgentinaCup QF2
M3103:42PMEngland12 - 14SamoaCup QF3
M3204:07PMFrance14 - 12New ZealandCup QF4
M3305:16PMSpain24 - 7Portugal13th Place SF
M3405:43PMWales29 - 14Canada13th Place SF
M3506:05PMScotland19 - 17AustraliaCT SF
M3606:30PMJapan21 - 5KenyaCT SF
M3706:55PMSouth Africa17 - 19Argentina5th Place SF
M3807:17PMEngland10 - 17New Zealand5th Place SF
M3907:41PMUSA19 - 28FijiCup SF
M4008:03PMSamoa12 - 19FranceCup SF
M4109:00PMSpain19 - 14Wales13th Place Play-off
M4209:30PMScotland26 - 24JapanCT Final
M4310:00PMArgentina21 - 14New Zealand5th Place Play-off
M4410:30PMUSA22 - 5SamoaBronze Final
M4511:00PMFiji21 - 7FranceCup Final

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