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Fiji Hits Straight 5 Hong Kong 7’s Victories, Job Gets Done, Grog Goes On

From record amount of grog swiped this weekend to losing voice in front of televisions, the only thing Fijians care more in this world this particular weekend is, winning Hong Kong Sevens.

Fijians around Fiji and the world rally behind their team for the annual trip to Hong Kong leg of HSBC sevens and enjoy the most out of it.

Like the other four years, Fiji Rugby sevens team ran out with record fifth successive triumph at the Hong Kong leg of the Sevens Series in a lively Cup finals.

The islanders claimed a record fifth straight Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens crown – with a punishing 21-7 win over France.

Fiji fans were put through an emotional roller coaster at the Hong Kong Sevens against Argentina. Photo: KY Cheng

Fiji has previously won Hong Kong leg of HSBC Sevens 18 times more than any other world rugby sevens team.

Fiji topped their “pool of death” by defeating Australia, New Zealand and Kenya and recorded their 28 straight win in Hong Kong Sevens.

Team Fiji then thumped Argentina in the Cup quarterfinals 29 – 24 before thrashing USA 19 – 28 in the Cup semi-finals.

Fiji Rugby Sevens team at Hong Kong Sevens. PC: World Rugby Sevens

The game started with Fiji fans consuming the So Kon Po stadium in the cheer. Tuimaba made a breakthrough in the 5th minute and with the help of Vilimoni Botitu Fiji scored its first try leading 7 – 0. Two minutes later a turnover by Botitu saw the second try for Fiji. Fiji team captain, Dranisukula ran through the France defense with Tuimaba coming for seocnd assist and making it 14 – 0. Both teams went for the half time with Fiji leading France 14 points to nil.

Fiji copped a yellow card which saw France running to score in second half and bring the points closer to 14-7. Tuimaba got his second try in the Cup Finals in the 3rd minute of the second half after French side was also flashed a yellow card. Fiji further extended its lead to 21 – 7.

With 21 – 7 when the hooter went off at the end of the game, Fiji made history by winning 5 consecutive Hong Kong Sevens tournament.

Aminiasi Tuimaba scooped the Player of the Final Award and thanked the God, family, friends and all Fijian supporters.

Coach Gareth Baber said that it was a fantastic feeling and paid his respect to the victims of Christchurch terror attack.

Fiji now stands second on the Series Standing and get a chance for automatic qualification to Tokyo 2020.

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