Shujaa brushes aside New Zealand as Fiji awaits in finals

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Meanwhile Argentina, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Kenya, New Zealand and Olympic champions Fiji all won their opening group matches in the main Hong Kong Sevens event.

"The Hong Kong Sevens is just like the World Cup in Fiji and 4 years in a row is like profitable the World Cup", Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai mentioned in quotes carried by AFP.

"For the Fijians this is one of the biggest tournaments that exists", said coach Gareth Baber.

"We've talked about it all week - what we could do to lift the worries and stresses people are having in their lives - and I thought the players did admirably this weekend".

Despite tries from Kenya's Billy Odhiambo and Oscar Ouma in the second half, Fiji were uncatchable and cemented their reputation in Hong Kong as the team to beat. "We brought the No. 1 team here, not like the others, because we respect and honour the tradition Fiji has at the Hong Kong Sevens".

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In the main men's World Series competition, Fiji got their tournament started with a 31-12 win over Samoa, and New Zealand beat Russian Federation 36-5.

Fiji had come to Hong Kong looking to raise spirits back home and grab a slice of history with a fourth straight title win - and an 18th overall. The team now heads to Australia to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

South Africa finished third after beating New Zealand 29-7 but its lead in the world series was cut to three over Fiji.

Kenya replied immediately via veteran Collins Injera who raised 1300 world series points to put him in the top-10 on the all-time list.

The callow Blitzbok side picked for Hong Kong leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series demonstrated impressive composure and skill to advance to the quarterfinals by winning their Pool.

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