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FIJI CLAIM FIRST TITLE OF THE SEASON

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Fiji came out on top against South Africa for the second time in eight days, although this time their prize was not ninth place but a first HSBC Sydney Sevens title.
Both teams had been determined to bounce back from that disappointment in Hamilton and served up a Cup final every bit as thrilling as their last meeting in Singapore when Fiji had led 19-0 at half-time only for South Africa to storm back and triumph 21-19. Fiji nearly had the dream start in their first Cup final of the season, but JC Pretorius and Selvyn Davids managed to hold Meli Derenalagi over the line. It would only be a temporary respite, though, because as the rain began to fall again the ball skewed out the side of a breakdown and Napolioni Bolaca reacted quickest to score the opening try.

A barnstorming run from Zain Davids created the momentum for Pretorius to score with Fiji suffering a double blow with Josua Vakurunabili yellow-carded for a tackle earlier in the move. Fiji managed to hold out in his absence an…

BLACK FERNS GO BACK-TO-BACK IN SYDNEY

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New Zealand continue to write new chapters in the history of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series after beating Canada 33-7 in the final to become the first to successfully defend the HSBC Sydney Sevens title.
The title is their fourth in a row on the 2020 series after also lifting the silverware in Dubai, Cape Town and on home soil in Hamilton last weekend, taking their total to an incredible 26 titles in 42 series events.

New Zealand have now won 19 matches in a row since losing to France in the pool stages of the Glendale season opener last October, their 250th match in series history also seeing them extend their perfect record against Canada in Cup finals to eight matches.
Canada have only tasted victory once now in 21 meetings with the Black Ferns Sevens – four years ago in Sao Paulo – but they seemed set to open the scoring at Bankwest Stadium when Bianca Farella raced clear, only for Michaela Blyde to chase her down and earn a penalty.

HSBC Player of the Final Tyla Nathan-Wong, …

ALL BLACKS WIN FIRST TITLE IN HAMILTON

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The All Blacks Sevens extended their record as the most successful team on home soil in the history of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with a 27-5 defeat of France in the HSBC New Zealand Sevens Cup final.
The title was New Zealand's 10th on home soil but the first in Hamilton, having won their last title in Wellington in 2016. It was also their 60th title in series history and the second of season after victory in Cape Town last month.
France, playing in their first ever Cup final in New Zealand, were on the back foot early on after Tavite Veredamu was sin-binned for not being back 10 metres, All Blacks Sevens co-captain Scott Curry powered through two defenders seconds later to open the scoring.
Veredamu quickly atoned for his indiscretion, scooping up a pass almost rolled around the ground by Remi Siega with one hand to cut the deficit to two points after the conversion drifted left.

France were dealt two blows when Jonathan Laugel was sin-binned for a neck roll and New Zea…

BLACK FERNS CREATE HISTORY AT NZ SEVENS

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The Black Ferns Sevens continued their perfect record against Canada in Cup finals on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series to become the inaugural champions in Hamilton.
This was the seventh meeting of the sides in a title decider and just like the previous six it was the Black Ferns Sevens celebrating, more so this time after the 24-7 victory saw them crowned HSBC New Zealand Sevens champions to become the third team to win a title on home soil.

It is a third Cup title in a row after their success in Dubai and Cape Town last month and extended their winning run to 13 matches against Canada, whose only win against the Black Ferns Sevens came in Sao Paulo back in February 2016.
New Zealand sit top of the standings at the halfway point of the series with 76 points, 12 clear of Australia who finished fourth in Hamilton. Canada are close behind on 62 points, two more than USA with France's bronze medal taking them on to 56 points.

STJ HOME OF WARRIORS WIN THE FIRST TM TOUCH CHAMPIONSHIP

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STJ Home of Warriors won the inaugural TM One Touch Corporate Challenge as they edged SEMSAS in the alumni grand final. The Warriors showed class to beat the SEMSAS old boys 3-2 in a thrilling match. SMS Oldboys bagged the bronze after they beat VIOBA in the third placing match.

Telekom Malaysia (TM) A clinched the corporate category title after a 4-2 victory over IJM in the final. After displaying good performance during the preliminary round, TM A continued their fine run in the final. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) beat Sime Darby A 2-0 to finish third in the corporate category.
The inaugural TM One Touch Corporate Challenge was held at the MMU Stadium in Cyberjaya on Saturday. 12 teams participated in the two categories competition. Many top players including some former internationals played at the tournament.

JAZZ CAPS REMARKABLE 2019 BY WINNING THAILAND MASTERS

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Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond signed off from his 2019 Asian Tour season just like the way he started when he cruised to a commanding five-shot victory at the Thailand Masters on Sunday.
It has been a stunning year for the 24-year-old as he triumphed again for the second time in two weeks after closing with a six-under-par 65 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. 
Jazz got off to a flying start when he won the Asian Tour’s season-opener in Singapore in January. 12 months later, he would end the year by capturing his sixth Asian Tour title and fourth this season on home soil.
Jazz’s winning total of 23-under-par 261 at a venue which he won before too meant he will break into the top-40 on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), a target he had set out to achieve at the start of the week.
Compatriot Suradit Yongcharoenchai tried to surmount a late challenge by firing seven birdies and one eagle for a 62 but it was still not enough to catch the 2019 Asian Tour Order of Merit cham…

DOUBLE VICTORIES FOR NEW ZEALAND AT CAPE TOWN SEVENS

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New Zealand clinched the double at the Cape Town Sevens by winning both the women's and men's titles. The Black Ferns beat Australia 17-7 to win the women's title and secured a second consecutive victory in the World Sevens Series new season. The men's team came from behind to edge host nation South Africa 7-5 in the final.


After a scoreless first half, Justin Geduld put the Blitzboks in front with a try right after the restart. However, Ngarohi McGarvey-Black sealed the victory for the All Blacks with a converted try late in the second half. New Zealand now share the world seven series lead with South Africa after two rounds.

In the Womens final, New Zealand opened with a third minute try to Kelly Brazier, and led 12-0 at halftime after Tui's first try. Ellia Green cut the deficit to 12-7 with a converted try, but Tui sealed the deal with her second try two minutes from fulltime after fending off Cassie Staples. The Black Ferns sit top of the standings after three…