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

Fiji fans decorate the Fiji village Heaphy Terrace Hall

A week after they beat the Springboks 29-0 in the final of the Sydney tournament, Australia fell behind in the first minute of the semi when Stannard tripped trying to collect a pass and opened the gap for South Africa to intercept and score.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4- Kenya will face New Zealand Sevens champions Fiji in Group A of the Las Vegas leg of the World Sevens Series in the United States next month after the completion of an exciting fourth leg in Hamilton on Sunday.

The win puts Fiji in third spot with 62 points behind leaders South Africa (77) and New Zealand (69).

Fiji would have to come through a nervy encounter with Pacific rivals Samoa in the quarter-finals, with their opponents having appeared to have scored a late winning try through Eroni Sau. They were a man down in the first minute and changed ends trailing 17-5.

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He said while there are no guarantees, New Zealand was a big contributor towards the global Sevens series both in terms of having a team that participates in all of the tournaments and its success at running the event for the last 19 years, 18 of them in Wellington.

Player of the Final was Fijian flyer Alasio Sovita Naduva who scored three of Fiji's tries in the four tries to three-try victory.

Tom Iosefo showed great speed to outpace Fiji's defense to score Samoa's second try.

The crowd traded chants of "All Blacks" and "Fiji" in an electric atmosphere but it was the Fijians, after leading 7-5 at the break, who held their nerve down the stretch.

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With the clock winding down Australia went on one last attack before they awarded a penalty in front of New Zealand's polls.

Kenya continued with their comeback mission with youthful duo of Arthur Owira and Samuel Ngethe grounding a try each, but the two missed conversions allowed Samoa to finish fifth.

Second half saw Kenya adding two more try's but failing to convert all the tries, Kenya remained at a disadvantage.

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