Fiji beat New Zealand to boost men’s title hopes at Oceania Sevens Championships



Olympic gold medalists Fiji picked up a potentially decisive victory over world champions New Zealand to increase their chances of winning the men’s title at the Oceania 7-a-side championships in Townsville.

Fiji edged World Cup holders 21-19 on the verge of preserving their 100% start of the tournament at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

The Pacific Islanders then beat Australia 19-7 to claim their fourth straight victory.

Fiji, chasing a fifth Oceania Championship, lead the standings before the last day of tomorrow.

New Zealand – who have never won the event – are still in contention after beating the Oceania Barbarians team, made up of Australian contract players and members of the Uni Sevens, 21-17.

New Zealand remain unbeaten in the women's tournament after four of six games scheduled © Getty Images
New Zealand remain unbeaten in the women’s tournament after four of six games scheduled © Getty Images

The Barbarians were also beaten 28-12 by defending champions Australia.

Reigning Women’s World and Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand have four of four wins after the second day of action for women.

The Black Ferns Sevens beat Australia’s Olympic gold medalists 34-5 before sealing an equally dominant 34-7 victory over the Oceania women’s team at seven.

Fiji also recorded two wins, beating the Oceania team 21-12 before securing an impressive 21-12 victory over the hosts.

The nation with the highest ranking after the six matches in the men’s and women’s events will be declared the champion.

Australia have won five of the 10 women’s tournaments, including the last two in 2018 and 2019.


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