US limp to finals at Hong Kong Sevens

Sherman Parsons
April 7, 2019

But Fijian captain Paula Dranisinukula set the fierce rivalry aside at the start of the match to pass a framed tribute to his New Zealand counterpart Scott Curry to mark last month's terror attack in Christchurch.

Player Sam Dickson says they made some errors in their opening match against Australia and they will work on it before this afternoon's clash.

The All Blacks Sevens will next face Kenya in Hong Kong pool play, before a mouth-watering showdown against Fiji later tonight.

Fiji joined the All Blacks Sevens in winning their first Pool C contest by claiming a 22-5 victory over Kenya in a rematch of last year's Hong Kong Sevens final.

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Yesterday, the Cooks were beaten by Chile 31-5 and Germany 10-7.

Canada, ranked No. 12, also lost 19-14 to No. 8 Argentina in its tournament opener Friday - a match that saw Douglas score the 130th try of his career. In the second half, Zimbabwe quickly responded to overtake the Philippines 12-10 but the Donald Canon Coleman scored off a penalty tap to make it 17-12.

The tournament was eventually won by 2016 Olympic Games hosts Brazil, with Kazakhstan losing to them in the quarter-finals 21-5.

Kenya women's rugby team, the Lionesses, recorded three straight wins to cruise to the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong 7s on Thursday. The United States, which leads the overall standings, is first in the group after beating Spain 36-7.

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