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  1. Fiji gain revenge as HK fail to fire

    Posted Apr 09th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay One week after losing the Hong Kong Sevens, Fiji turned the tables on Samoa, scraping home to a 21-7 victory in the Cup final at the Adelaide Sevens yesterday. It was the fourth time they have met in a final at the IRB Sevens this season with the score standing at 2-2. Fiji, who lost 27-22 to Samoa in Hong Kong, avenged that loss and nailed their opponents ...

  2. Tietjens still hopeful of series triumph

    Posted Apr 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay The fat lady hasn't sung yet, insisted coach Gordon Tietjens after New Zealand's 21-12 loss to Fiji in the semi-finals. He still believes New Zealand can win the IRB ... seasons after the series began in 1999, before Fiji dethroned them last year. The Kiwis are joint-second with Samoa and trail leaders Fiji (84) by six points after the Hong Kong leg. New Zealand ...

  3. Scots back where they belong

    Posted Apr 01st 2007, 12:00am by John Carney

    ... Fiji. A 53-21 hammering of Sri Lanka paved the way, and they were then able to lose 26-0 to Fiji in their final group match and still qualify for the last eight. They did the hard work on Friday night by beating Portugal 31-7, which gave them the leeway to lose against Fiji and still qualify. In what was a depressing week for Scottish rugby after the announcement that Border Reivers ...

  4. Quadruple the fun so far in wide-open series

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... among the ranks of the more-fancied sides like Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa and England. By winning the Wellington Sevens in early February, and then showing it was no fluke by reaching ... and it was really fantastic to see them break through at last,' says Coalter. The Samoans produced the shock of the year when they defeated hot favourites Fiji 17-14 in the Cup final in Wellington. ...

  5. The 40,000-ticket question- it's anyone's guess because the union doesn't know

    Posted Mar 25th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... this year,' says Hong Kong Rugby Football Union executive director Allan Payne. 'We are not sure why there is such a huge demand as this tournament is not a milestone or a World Cup event.' ... the clubs, mini-rugby, the Rugby Union Club etc,' Payne said. 'The Hong Kong public got 6,000, which is more than last year. From the remaining 16,000, half goes to patrons and sponsors, ...

  6. Serevi treats Ryder with kid gloves

    Posted Mar 08th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Fiji star William Ryder has been wrapped in cotton wool by Waisale Serevi in the run-up to the Hong Kong Sevens this month. In a bid to protect his protege, Fiji's player-coach Serevi has ordered the fleet-footed Ryder- top try-scorer (22) in the IRB Sevens Series this season- not to take part in any of the domestic sevens tournaments dotted around Fiji ...

  7. Samoans make all the right moves

    Posted Apr 02nd 2007, 12:00am by Barclay Crawford

    ... director of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. 'Pesamino is a superstar and it's terrific to see Samoa win for the first time since 1993. We are delighted at the record crowds. ... rugby fans who make the Hong Kong Sevens a global one of a kind. There was not a spare seat in the stadium yesterday. Despite massive beer consumption, police reported a well-behaved crowd ...

  8. All in the family- watch out for the Tomasi clone

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... between-the-legs pass and the goose-step shuffle and kick that left Gallagher for dead. It is part of Sevens folklore and is one of the most memorable tries scored in world rugby. It involved a young ... about it back in Fiji. Everyone still talks about it,' grins Tomasi Jnr. His Kiwi teammates will be hoping some of that magic still runs in the family as New Zealand bid to win their first ...

  9. SA gem is ready to glitter

    Posted Mar 30th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... of the Year in 2006) and Waisale Serevi (Fiji). 'If you take the top teams, they all have a quality playmaker and Basson is one such player,' Treu says. South Africa are lying in third place in the IRB Sevens standings, behind Fiji and New Zealand. While it must be tempting to look ahead to Sunday's knockout round, Treu is cautious. 'We have to be wary of the smaller teams. ...

  10. Big hitters return to sevens squad ahead of Singapore showdown

    Posted Oct 26th 2007, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... they will face in Singapore will be slightly higher with the Kenyan national team- regulars in the IRB Series- and top sides from Fiji (Davetelavu), New Zealand (Ponsonby) and South Africa expected ...




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