Fiji beat Kenya for fourth HK7s in a row, SA retain series lead

Fiji won their fourth Hong Kong Sevens title in as many years when they beat Kenya 24-12. Ben Nelms/Getty Images

Fiji won their fourth Hong Kong Sevens title in as many years when they beat Kenya's Shujaa 24-12 in a repeat of the Vancouver Sevens final.

Fiji got off to a strong start in the final with tries from Josua Vakurunabili and Eroni Sau giving them a 10-0 lead. Kenya were then let down by their discipline as Collins Injera as William Ambaka Ndayara both received yellow cards, reducing the Africans to five players in the closing stages of the first half. Unsurprisingly, Fiji took advantage and Amenoni Nasilasila score after the hooter.

In the second seven minutes Kenya drew first blood when Billy Odhiambo scored from close range. However a subsequent Vatemo Ravouvou try put the result beyond Kenya's reach. Oscar Ouma's late try added respectability but Fiji have now won their sixth Hong Kong Sevens title in seven years.

South Africa's Blitzboks, the series leaders, very nearly made it an all-African final.

The young and inexperienced Blitzboks squad put up a gutsy performance in the semifinal against Fiji... in fact a first half Selvyn Davids hat-trick saw them go into the changeover 19-5 up.

As is their wont, especially at their favourite leg of the sevens circuit, Fiji came back strongly in the second half to overhaul their deficit. A Muller du Plessis try meant South Africa had the final say but the conversion was missed to hand Fiji a 26-24 victory.

Despite the gut-wrenching loss, the Blitzboks still had the Bronze Final against New Zealand to contend with.

Stedman Gans got South Africa off to strong start with the first two tries of the match in the first half. Dewald Human added to the tally before Tone Ng Shiu scored New Zealand's only try on the stroke of half-time.

In the second half, the Blitzboks continued where they left off with strong defence and scored two tries via Zain Davids and Muller du Plessis to claim third place with a 29-7 win. The third-place finish sees South Africa maintain their position at the top of the World Rugby Sevens Series rankings, although, only just as Fiji's tournament win took them to only three points behind in second place.