Shujaa brushes aside New Zealand as Fiji awaits in finals

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A second-string New Zealand team have seen off Samoa 19-12 to remain unbeaten at the Hong Kong Sevens.

"For the Fijians this is one of the biggest tournaments that exists", said coach Gareth Baber.

Kenya's Collins Injera and Willy Ambaka have been yellow carded within the first half and the Pacific islanders took full benefit stepping into at halftime 17-Zero forward.

After losing 26-24 to Fiji in the semi-final earlier on Sunday, the young Blitzboks' Stedman Gans scored a double to give the South Africans a 12-0 lead after five minutes.

"I would prefer to thank my boys for the group effort and thank the Kenyan group for an excellent sport", Tuwai informed the World Rugby web site.

Nelson Oyoo (right) of Kenya hands off Fiji's Eroni Sau during the Cup Final of the Hong Kong Sevens.

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Fiji had come to Hong Kong looking to raise spirits back home and grab a slice of history with a fourth straight title win - and an 18th overall.

In the main men's World Series competition, Fiji got their tournament started with a 31-12 win over Samoa, and New Zealand beat Russian Federation 36-5.

Fiji face Argentina while world series leaders South Africa meet Spain, and Kenya face Scotland.

The result lifts Fiji to within three points of South Africa at the top of the standings, with New Zealand firmly entrenched in third heading into the eighth of 10 rounds in Singapore later this month.

Japan can be one among two Asian qualifiers that can contest the World Cup Sevens in San Francisco in July.

STORMED into the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Sevens Repechage tournament, and are now just two more wins away from qualifying for the elite World Sevens circuit in 2019.

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