Hong Kong Sevens: New Zealand finishes sixth, Fiji win fifth-straight title

The All Blacks Sevens have had to settle for sixth at the Hong Kong World Series after a disappointing final day on Sunday (NZ time).

After being knocked out of Cup contention by France in the quarter-finals, they were beaten 21-14 by Argentina in the fifth-place playoff final.

The quarter-final loss was their first to France in their history.

The disappointing tournament also has ramifications on the World Series standings, with Fiji climbing above New Zealand to second after they won their fifth consecutive Hong Kong Sevens title.

Fiji players celebrate with the Hong Kong trophy.
Fiji players celebrate with the Hong Kong trophy. Photo credit: Photosport

Fiji beat France 21-7 in the final, while the US beat Samoa to third place at Hong Kong Stadium.

Fiji coach Gareth Baber called it a "fantastic feeling", while also dedicating the trophy to the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks last month that left at least 50 people dead.

"It's a fantastic feeling, and I'm sure that it will sink in over the next two or three days," Baber said after the game.

"I think that all of this has been in the backdrop of what happened in Christchurch, obviously our hearts and our thoughts go out to all of those families, and this is a dedication to them."

The US remains atop the standings on 130 points, with Fiji on 123 points. New Zealand is a further five points behind on 118.

New Zealand are back in action next weekend at the Singapore Sevens where they will face Samoa, Japan and Spain in Pool D.


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