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Hamilton in doubt for hosting Sevens after 2019

In time when needed... Vatemo Ravouvou right shows some glimpses of his game breaking trade during the Fiji Air Airways Fiji 7s team captain's run yesterday. In defence are Paula Dranisinukula left and Josua Vakurinabili at Marist Rugby Club grounds Enlarge this image
Steve Townsend | 05 February, 2018, 06:24

Hamilton has made a hugely positive impression in its debut on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit.

It was Fiji's first Cup triumph in New Zealand since 2010 and they did it in style against the favourites in the World Sevens Series.

The next leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series is in Las Vegas, USA, from March 2 to 4 and a week later in Vancouver, Canada, from March 10 to 11.

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

Defeat to New Zealand saw England out at the quarter-final stage before going on to lose to Samoa to finish seventh for the third tournament in a row following last week's outing in Sydney. They also beat Scotland 33-19 in fifth place semi.

It was a solid day for Clark Laidlaw's troops. Hamilton's final was another reminder that now these two teams set the standard in Sevens.

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New Zealand lost the bronze final in the final moments of the match against Australia, a penalty kick was the defining moment in the match, for New Zealand to have to settle for fourth place, losing by just one point.

"We had to believe in that and we got momentum in the tackle and in the contact areas".

The world champion South Africans, host New Zealand and Olympic champion Fiji all finished with unblemished 3-0 records from pool play while Kenya topped the tight Pool D with two wins and a draw.

Today is the second and final day of the event.

In a thrilling final on Sunday, Fiji came back from 17-5 down at halftime to engineer a dramatic turnaround and win the Hamilton Sevens title 19-17 against the Blitzboks at the Waikato Stadium.

McConnochie got England's day off and running as he crossed for the first of two tries against Russian Federation inside the first minute in a 47-0 win, with 19-year-old Ryan Olowofela also scoring twice in that match - his first every tries at the World Series.

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