Battling Kenya take silver at Hong Kong Sevens

Phillip Cunningham
April 9, 2018

After being hammered 50-7 by Fiji in their final pool game on Saturday, New Zealand looked a completely different outfit against the US.

Joe Ravouvou scored a fine try as New Zealand progressed through to the semifinals of the Hong Kong Sevens.

The try by Vatemo Navovo all but ended Shujaa's hopes of winning the Hong Kong sevens after a brilliant run to the final. Native media reported 4 individuals had been killed, whereas hundreds of properties have been flooded.

Fiji won a record fourth straight Hong Kong Sevens crown on Sunday with a crunching 24-12 victory over Kenya and dedicated the win to those hit by a cyclone which struck this month.

"We have talked about all of it week - what we may do to carry the concerns and stresses persons are having of their lives - and I believed the gamers did admirably this weekend".

Tries from Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ouma put points on the board for Kenya after the break, but Fiji's early lead proved insurmountable.

Shujaa remained focused showing intent of causing an upset but "Big Willy" Ambaka took out Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai who looked like he had flown over the line but the stretch from Ambaka was excellent after dislodging the ball out of Tuwai's hands in the act-of-scoring.

Commonwealth Games squad members Ethan Davies, Luke Treharne, Morgan Williams and Tom Williams featured in Hong Kong, before next weekend's fixtures in Australia.

"Hong Kong is always special for us, we respect and honor the tradition that Fiji has with the Hong Kong Sevens".

Fiji and Kenya huddles before the game on day one of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Vancouver on 10th March, 2018.

Kenya last won the main cup in 2016 after beating Fiji 30-7 and last beat Fiji 17-14 at the USA Sevens, the fifth leg of the Series.

Japan is also one of two Asian qualifiers that will contest the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July.

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