Hong Kong Sevens: Fiji dedicate tournament triumph to Christchurch victims

By Michael Hudson

Fiji Sevens coach Gareth Baber dedicated their victory in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens to the victims of the tragic Christchurch shootings.

Fij beat France 21-17 in the final at the Hong Kong Stadium for their fifth straight victory at the tournament they consider as their home event.

“It’s a fantastic feeling, I’m sure it’ll sink in over the next two or three days,” Baber said. “But all of this has been in the backdrop of what’s happened in Christchurch.

“Obviously our hearts and our thoughts go out to all those families, and this is a dedication to them.”

An attack on two mosques in Christchurch by a lone gunman on March 15 resulted in the death of 50 people while another 50 were injured. Three Fijians were killed in the attacks and Baber revealed his thoughts are with the families of those that lost their lives.

The tournament win sees Fiji move up the HSBC World Series standings to second place on 123 points, seven points behind leaders USA (130) and five points clear of third-placed New Zealand (118).

Fiji will now hope to displace the USA from the top of the World Series as they head to Singapore for this weekend’s eighth leg of the circuit.

The top four teams at the end of the season qualify automatically for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. Those who fail to qualify must go through regional qualifying tournaments.

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