Fiji boost fourth straight Sevens crown hopes

Shujaa remained focused showing intent of causing an upset but "Big Willy" Ambaka took out Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai who looked like he had flown over the line but the stretch from Ambaka was excellent after dislodging the ball out of Tuwai's hands in the act-of-scoring.

To do so at the famed Hong Kong tournament made it an experience to savour, Randle said before kick-off.

Such is the importance of the event to Fijians that they opted to send a full-strength squad to town, even though the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens tournament - one they have never won - is next weekend.

Fiji have never claimed Commonwealth Games gold but won bronze in Melbourne.

Fiji's march towards a record fourth straight Hong Kong Sevens crown gathered pace with two more victories on Saturday but the U.S. may be the ones to stand in their way.

Their suspension was lifted in time to compete at Glasgow 2014 but too late for their rugby sevens team to participate.

In a repeat of last month's final in Vancouver, Fiji ran in four tries to move within just three points of series leaders South Africa in the overall standings and take their third tournament win of the 2018 world series.

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

They had beaten Ireland 12-7 in their semi-final while Germany progressed thanks to a 19-12 win over Chile.

"I think that it's great for us", said Karauna.

"We've worked really hard to get back and we're able to get that consistency now and keep up with World Series teams".

South Africa claimed the bronze medal after beating New Zealand 29-7 while Argentina beat U.S. 14-12 to secure fifth.

But they stamped their title credentials with an emphatic 35-7 win over United States in the quarterfinals.

The Canadians' quest for hardware, however, ended with a 33-7 loss to France.

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