Fiji hand New Zealand record breaking defeat at Hong Kong Sevens

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A fresh-faced New Zealand team bowed out of the Hong Kong Sevens as Kenya toppled them in the semifinals on Sunday.

And Fiji put on a show for the crowd in the final game of the day, comfortably dispatching of Samoa 31-12.

The situation could further deteriorate with another storm system expected to pass through the country early next week.

Their remaining pool match is later on Saturday against Fiji, who are chasing a record fourth successive Hong Kong title.

Injera lost his cool in the process of the given penalty and was sin binned for a tap in Fiji's scrumhalf Tuwai crutch leaving the Kenyans disadvantaged with six men left on the field and time ticking first.

It means the smart money has been on the in-form islanders, who won the last World Series leg in Vancouver in March and have racked up 17 titles in total at the Hong Kong Stadium.

Fiji scored four tries and converted two against Kenya's Billy Odhiambo and Skipper Oscar Ouma which was converted by Eden Agero for a 24-12 win for the Fijians.

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Many other teams saved their best players for the Commonwealth Games next weekend on the Gold Coast.

"Hong Kong is always special for us", Tuwai said.

South Africa beat New Zealand 29-7 to take the bronze medal, whereas Argentina edged United States of America 14-12 to safe fifth.

Fiji, who are nearly at full strength, thrashed New Zealand 50-7 in their final pool match and are on course to meet South Africa in the semi-finals if they overcome Argentina and the Blitzboks beat Spain.

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.

With Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 just over 100 days away, the seedings for the tournament will be confirmed on Wednesday as excitement builds for the competition in San Francisco on July 20-22.

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