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Fiji clinch Hong Kong title

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allblacks.com     10 Apr 2017     Getty Images

For Fiji it was their third consecutive title in Hong Kong while the All Blacks Sevens bounced back from a tight quarterfinal loss to South Africa to claim the Plate title.

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The Plate title was a great consolation for New Zealand after conceding tight defeats to the finalists during the three-day tournament. On day two, the All Blacks Sevens came up just short against Fiji 14-17 to set up a quarterfinal clash with South Africa. The Scott Waldrom-coached side led South Africa at half time before succumbing 21-19 in a nail biter.

The All Blacks Sevens showed their class in the Plate phase with a comprehensive 21-7 semifinal win over England before outlasting Argentina 10-7 in the final.
It was a good result for the All Blacks Sevens after losing captain Scott Curry to flu on the eve of the tournament. The return of Sam Dickson and the impressive debut of speedster Joe Ravouvou were positives for the side ahead of the Singapore Sevens next weekend. Ravouvou was second on the overall try scoring ladder for the tournament on six tries, behind USA’s Perry Baker who touched down for nine tries.

Despite coming up short in the final, South Africa still lead the overall standings on 145 points with Fiji second on 122 and England third on 113. New Zealand are fourth on 97 points and could move as high as second with three tournaments still remaining.