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It's bronze for the Blitzboks in Hong Kong

09 April 2018, 12:24 | Nichole Osborne

David Barpal

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

A fresh-faced New Zealand team bowed out of the Hong Kong Sevens as Kenya toppled them in the semifinals on Sunday.

Former All Black Roger Randle takes over as coach in Hong Kong and has named a squad featuring six players uncapped at world series level.

Fiji's consideration will now be centered on additional glory when the group heads to the Commonwealth Video games on Australia's Gold Coast. Jeff Oluoch starred in the game after he carried Shujaa on his shoulders to prevail over the Scottish team with a try.

The Pacific nation did not take part at Delhi 2010 due to the country's membership of the Commonwealth being suspended because of a military coup.

Fiji's response was a super try.Amenoni Nasilasila, who has been electric all weekend, sliced through a weak Kenya decisive line and crossed the whitewash gallantly to hand it back to his team-mate Vatemo Ravouvou who touched down the ball for a 24-5 lead.

For reaching the finals, Kenya earned 19 points which brings their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series total points to 83.

Three legs of the season remain.

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

It came thanks to a try inside the final 15 seconds from Masahiro Nakano, with Japan now given core status and automatic qualification to every 2018-2019 event.

"I think that it's great for us", said Karauna.

South Africa beat New Zealand 29-7 to take the bronze medal, while Argentina edged United States of America 14-12 to secure fifth. They finished runners-up after losing 31-14 to China in the final.

The Canadians' quest for hardware, however, ended with a 33-7 loss to France.

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