• Fiji 21-7 New Zealand
• Fiji five points clear of All Blacks with three events to go
Fiji retained the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens title after beating New Zealand 21-7 in the final on Sunday to move clear of their opponents in the World Series standings.
Fiji, who thrashed Australia 34-5 in the semi-finals after edging past Kenya with a last-minute try in the quarters, bounced back from 7-0 down in the final thanks to tries by Jerry Tuwai, Kitione Taliga and Semi Kunatani.
The 22 points for winning the seventh leg of the 10-stop series stretched the defending champions’ lead in the standings to five points over New Zealand. The All Blacks have moved one point ahead of South Africa, who they defeated in the last four.
England beat United States 19-0 to win the second tier Plate, contested between the losing quarter-finalists. Argentina thrashed Scotland 26-0 to land the Bowl and Russia edged Canada in the Shield – both competitions for teams eliminated at the group stage.
Fiji are looking to win the World Series in consecutive seasons for the first time, and secure their third title overall. New Zealand, who have traditionally dominated the event, are looking for their 13th title. The next stop in the series is in Singapore, starting on 16 April, before the tournament heads to Paris and concludes at Twickenham in May.