Fiji wins Hong Kong Sevens title for 17th time

Fiji won the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens for a record-extending 17th time on Sunday, beating South Africa 22-0 in a lopsided final to win their first tournament since the Rio Olympics. Still rebuilding after several senior players and their former coach Ben Ryan left after winning the Olympic gold medal, the South Pacific Islanders ended their lean run this season in spectacular fashion by claiming the most prestigious event on the World Series circuit for the third year in a row. Running their opponents ragged with a combination of power, pace and improvisation, Fiji opened up a 10-0 lead at half-time after tries from Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Mesulame Kunavula. They then put the result beyond doubt when Kalione Nasoko crossed twice more in the second half.

At the start of this tournament, I told the boys let’s not think about the three-peat, let’s chase it like we’re gunning for our first Hong Kong title.

Fiji captain Oseo Kolinisau