NZ medal-less, Fiji triumph at inaugural Hamilton 7's


Hamilton's final was another reminder that now these two teams set the standard in Sevens.

Fiji celebrate at the final whistle.

Fiji beat South Africa in the final in Hamilton.

Alosio Sovita Naduva scored three tries as rallied from 17-5 down at halftime to beat 24-17 Sunday in the final of the leg of the Rugby Sevens World Series.

The South Africans showed good physicality.

The final did not start in Fiji's favour after prop Josua Vakurinabili was sin binned for unsafe play.

Coach Clark Laidlaw lamented how they let a place in the final slip through their fingers. "There were tight margins across the weekend and unfortunately we were on the wrong side in that last game", he said.

"We had a great launch event on Friday evening in Garden Place, and a lot of the hospitality businesses and retailers have got behind the event as well".

Fiji are up to third with 62 points and Australia fourth on 60.

Both teams had enjoyed unbeaten pool stages yesterday at the FMG Stadium Waikato at the New Zealand leg of the series.

Josua Vakurunabili rounded off a scintillating move that New Zealand just couldn't stop despite some heroic defence from the outstanding Vilimoni Koroi.

New Zealand's Sam Dickson was on the score sheet against Fiji.

However, it was Argentina who had a 7-5 lead at the break with a converted try a minute before half-time.

Douglas scored a late try to make it close.

Vilimoni Koroi did everything he could to send New Zealand into the final, scoring one solo try and saving another will a brilliant cover tackle.

"We were 0-0 at half time versus Australia, but this was a response to starting loosely in the Fiji match", Williams explained.

But they later left the field as champions.

It served as something of a consolation prize for Stannard, who had endured a horror game in the 24-5 semi-final loss.

The team finished sixth after loosing to Samoa 19-15 for the fifth place.

Bronze medal match: New Zealand 7-8 Australia.