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Hamilton Sevens Fiji takes cup, Blitzbokke ends fourth

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Day 2

Fiji outscored USA to take the Cup final in Hamilton on Sunday.

It was a repeat of the Cape Town Sevens with Fiji and the USA taking each-other on in the final with New Zealand and South Africa fighting it out for third and forth spots.

It was Fiji at their best in the final not giving USA any chance to have a say in the final.

With back to back tournament wins Fiji is now leading the pack on the overall log.

Blitzboks ending forth 

In the third and forth place play-off New Zealand beat the Blitzboks 29-7.

That wraps up another bad day 2 for the Blitzboks ending the tournament in forth place.

Although the Blitzbokke were first to score in the match, New Zealand were just to strong as the dominated the contact areas.

A yellow card to Kok did not help and gave the New Zealanders the edge to stretch the lead even further.

Earlier Blitzboks crash out against Fiji in semi final

The Blitzboks crashed out of the Hamilton Sevens when Fiji beat them in the semi final.

They earlier beat Samoa to advance to the Cup semi final but were never in the game against the Olympic Champions.

The Islanders dominated South Africa , winning 29-7 after leading 14-0 at half-time.

They scored four tries in the process with Kalione Nasako, Aminiasi Tuimba (2), Vilimoni Botitu and Waisea Nacququ crossing the whitewash.

Nacququ and Botitu added two conversions.

South Africa’s only try was scored and converted by Selvyn Davids in the dying minutes of the match.

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Day 1

It was a great day 1 of the Hamilton Sevens in new Zealand with the four teams going into Day 2 with unbeaten record.

Fiji and New Zealand looked great from the start with both scoring over a hundred points in day 1.

Fiji will meet Canada in the quarters and New Zealand will take on the Aussies.

USA continued on their great start to the season with another perfect performance on day1.

They lost Baker in the first game but kept winning to advance to the quarters and they will face Scotland.

The Blitzbokke also looked to back to their best finding it easy to get past day1 and they will have to take on Samoa in the last eight.

The Blitzbokke is the defending champions but will have to be on par on Sunday to keep the trophy away from the likes of the Kiwi’s, Fijians and the USA.

“If we keep on supporting each other and have each other’s backs then we can go far in this tournament,” noted Branco Du Preez afterwards.

“We didn’t have a solid start to kick-off so we just have to focus on the small things that we want to do and take more control of the game. We can take it from there.”

The Challenge Trophy quarter-finals will commence at 10:00 local time (GMT+13) with Argentina taking on Japan, Kenya facing Tonga, Spain meeting Wales and England testing themselves against France.

Day One ResultsScotland 26-21 France
South Africa 29-10 Kenya
England 10-12 Samoa
USA 29-7 Tonga
Australia 17-12 Argentina
Fiji 54-7 Wales
Spain 12-12 Canada
New Zealand 52-0 Japan
Scotland 19-10 Kenya
South Africa 17-5 France
England 36-7 Tonga
USA 34-14 Samoa
Australia 26-5 Wales
Fiji 33-24 Argentina
Spain 22-19 Japan
New Zealand 49-10 Canada
France 15-19 Kenya
South Africa 26-7 Scotland
Samoa 28-12 Tonga
USA 19-7 England
Argentina 36-7 Wales
Fiji 26-19 Australia
Canada 26-0 Japan
New Zealand 24-0 SpainDay Two FixturesChallenge Trophy Quarter-FinalsArgentina v Japan
Kenya v Tonga
Spain v Wales
England v FranceCup Quarter-FinalsFiji v Canada
South Africa v Samoa
New Zealand v Australia
USA v ScotlandWith thanks to World Rugby Sevens
Preview

The first tournament of the year sees the World Sevens going to New Zealand this weekend for the Hamilton’s Sevens.

The opening two rounds have shown us that the top 8 teams this year are very close and we expect a great season as we go into round 3 of the series.

USA sits on top of the log after two rounds with New Zealand in a close second followed by Fiji in third.

The Hamilton Sevens will kick off on Friday (SA Time) with Scotland and France starting it all before the Blitzbokke face Kenya.

New Zealand captain Tim Mikkelson said: “Its good to be back and be back training with the boys and especially in Hamilton, where I’m from. To play in front of the home crowd is something I’m really looking forward to.

“The boys have played extremely well. In Dubai they had a lot of injuries and they didn’t complain about it, they just kept on moving forward and got the job done. Watching them in Cape Town they did the same thing. It was pretty inspirational and it’s awesome to be back a part of it.

“We’ve got Japan first up and we really just want to start well in that first half. There is a lot of pressure playing here in front of our home fans, but we really want to do a good job at home and our families.”

Also speaking at the captains’ launch, South Africa captain Philip Snyman added: “We definitely have not had the best of starts this season, but I think the more our team play together and the more time they spend together the guys will gel.

“After losing a couple of players we realised we can’t just pitch up for matches and we can’t rely on certain players to do the magic, we need to fire as a unit and to play together as a team. We have learned some valuable lessons.

“There are some really exciting youngsters coming through and I’m looking forward to this upcoming weekend.”

Pools for Hamilton 7s

Pool A: Fiji, Australia, Argentina, Wales
Pool B: USA, England, Samoa, Tonga
Pool C: South Africa, Scotland, France, Kenya
Pool D: New Zealand, Spain, Canada, Japan

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