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The seventh 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens event ended this past weekend with Fiji claiming their fourth consecutive Hong Kong title via a 24-12 victory against Kenya. The Fijians have won three out of the last four tournaments and trail leader South Africa by a mere three-points in the standings.
There are three more tournaments remaining this year; Singapore, April 28,29, London, June 2, 3 and Paris, June 9,10, which marks the first occasion that London has not hosted the final event.
The Fijians, who looked a tad flat in the first four contests, have played with panache and determination as befits the 2016 Olympic Men’s Gold Medal winners. Kenya have proved to be the surprise team with two back-to-back Silver medals from coming in second in Vancouver and, most recently, Hong Kong. The Kenyans have advanced to seventh place, just two-points behind the USA in sixth.
Standings of the leaders follow:
- South Africa 126
- Fiji 123
- New Zealand 107
- Argentina 90
- Australia 89
- USA 85
- Kenya 83
Other accolades from the Hong Kong event were:
Player of the Final – Amenoni Naslasila, Fiji
Impact Player – Eroni Sau, Fiji
Dream Team – The backs number: Willy Ambaka, Kenya, Selvyn Davids, South Africa. and Fiji’s Eroni Sau and Amenoni Nasilasila. From row includes Oscar Ouma, Kenya, and the Fijian pair of Kalione Nasoko and Semi Kunatani.
The Singapore Sevens is next and it's proved to be an event with upsets; Canada in 2017 and Kenya in 2016.