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Fiji retained their title at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens and won their second tournament in succession on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 as a result of an emphatic weekend in Hamilton.
The defending champions had looked electric from the very first moment that they stepped onto the park at the FMG Stadium and it wasn't any different when it came to the Cup final against the USA. Kalione Nasoko signalled the way, alongside the incredibly experienced Jerry Tuwai, and Fiji led 17-0 after seven minutes.
The USA, who were competing in their third Cup final of the season, struggled to gain any real possession and when they eventually came inches from the line a huge counter-ruck followed. Fiji's breakdown work allowed the HSBC Player of the Final Tuwai the opportunity to go the length of the field for his second try of the final. Alasio Naduva also scored a brace as they finished their weekend off in real style.
New Zealand made sure that they finished their home campaign on a winning note with a 29-7 victory over South Africa in the bronze final. A battle of wills played out between the two before New Zealand, much to the delight of their home fans, created a 19-7 cushion via tries either side of half-time.
Werner Kok's sin-bin for a late tackle on Andrew Knewstubb was then punished by the All Blacks Sevens. The home side's determination shone through as they sent Joe Ravouvou over in the corner before Sam Dickson finished their scoring.
Four teams surged into the Cup quarter-finals with unbeaten records following a high-quality opening day of action at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton.
After enthralling competitions in Dubai and Cape Town, every side was eager hit the ground running at the FMG Stadium and particularly fast starts were made by last year's finalists Fiji and the All Blacks Sevens.
Both progressed out of their pools in impressive fashion scoring 113 and 125 points respectively, meaning that Fiji booked a Cup quarter-final meeting with Canada while New Zealand will take on Australia.
The current world series leaders USA, who lost Perry Baker to a serious injury at the end of their first game, will face Scotland while the defending world series champions South Africa will encounter Samoa in the last eight.