VIDEO: NZ downed by Fiji in Gold Coast sevens final
Sunday 14 Oct 2012 10:49 p.m.
Fiji successfully retained their Gold Coast international rugby sevens title by comprehensively defeating rivals New Zealand in Sunday's final.
The rampant Fijians ran in six tries to two in the 32-14 win over the Kiwis, repeating their success in the same event last year as well as making a perfect start to the international rugby sevens series.
Fiji's Ratu Alipate Raitini was the hero in the final, scoring a hat-trick of tries including a blistering run down the left touchline at the start of the second half.
South Africa, who impressed throughout the tournament with the sole exception of their semi-final defeat to Fiji, easily took out third spot against fellow Africans Kenya with a dominant 41-7 victory.
Kenya were worthy of their fourth place, pushing New Zealand all the way in a 15-5 defeat in the semis after having earlier accounted for Australia and England.
The Australians, after winning all three of their group matches on Saturday, came down to earth with a thud as they were beaten 21-14 in the quarter-finals by the unheralded Kenyans.
A narrow 17-14 loss to Argentina in the lesser plate competition then meant Australia left their home tournament empty-handed despite their fine pool form.
The Argentines would go on to win the plate with a 14-7 win over France while Scotland won the shield and Spain - with Australian Carlos Blanco in their team - claimed a golden-point win over England in the bowl competition.
The series now moves to Dubai for the second round from November 30 to December 1.