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Shujaa to face Hamilton champs Fiji in Vegas

Shujaa to face Hamilton champs Fiji in Vegas

The New Zealand Rugby Union and World Rugby said the inaugural event in Hamilton over the weekend was a success, but New Zealand must now tender to host a series from 2020 onwards.

Shujaa finished sixth in Hamilton and collected an improved 12 points despite losing the fifth place final to a resilient Samoa who laid revenge for a 19-14 loss to the Kenyans in the group face ties.

But New Zealand struck back when Tim Mikkelson scored his 200th try in the World Sevens Series during day two's second quarter-final at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Innocent Simiyu's charges finished the preliminary round unbeaten after edging out Canada by the same margin before holding the United States of America 19-19 to secure a top spot.

In Hamilton, Kenya beat both Samoa and Canada with identical 19-14 margins in pool matches, drew 19-19 with U.S., before losing 33-12 to Australia in Cup quarters.

Second half saw Kenya adding two more try's but failing to convert all the tries, Kenya remained at a disadvantage.

But if so, nobody told the Fijians - who had already fought back to win their quarter-final against Samoa and semi-final against New Zealand at the death.

Australia's Ben O'Donnell shakes off the Kenya defense on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton on 4th February, 2018.

Fiji would have to come through a nervy encounter with Pacific rivals Samoa in the quarter-finals, with their opponents having appeared to have scored a late winning try through Eroni Sau.

Curtis Olago's men remains the only team unbeaten in the league this season following Kabras Sugar's 30-12 defeat to visiting Homeboyz in Kakamega.

Bottom-rooted Kisii also registered their first win of the campaign after upsetting visiting Mwamba 18-12 as Kenya Harlequin humiliated Regional Logistics Mombasa 80-0 at the RFUEA.


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