Shujaa loses to Fiji in Hong Kong sevens final

Wally The Wallaby May Be Australia's MVP

Wally The Wallaby May Be Australia's MVP

Kenya's Collins Injera, left, runs for a try past New Zealand's Luke Masirewa during their semifinal match at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong.

South Africa finished third after beating New Zealand 29-7 but its lead in the world series was cut to three over Fiji.

"A really inexperienced side, we had eight debutants".

"We are so happy as we worked so hard for this".

The victory in front of a packed Hong Kong Stadium means Japan will become one of the 15 core teams contesting the 10-round world series, beginning next December.

With Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 just over 100 days away, the seedings for the tournament will be confirmed on Wednesday as excitement builds for the competition in San Francisco on July 20-22. The team now heads to Australia to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

"It is tough, because we really wanted this and we came up short at the same stage past year".

In the main men's World Series competition, Fiji got their tournament started with a 31-12 win over Samoa, and New Zealand beat Russian Federation 36-5.

Fiji scored four tries and converted two against Kenya's Billy Odhiambo and Skipper Oscar Ouma which was converted by Eden Agero for a 24-12 win for the Fijians.

He would have scored a fourth when he beat the defenders to the ball following a precise grubber kick through by Rhyno Smith, but Du Plessis was denied by an early tackle.

After losing 26-0 to Kenya in game two, Spain secured a quarterfinal place for only the second time in history with a 17-12 win over Canada.

One match was drawn - the United States and France finished at 24-24.

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