History for Fiji as they make it five from five in Hong Kong

History for Fiji as they make it five from five in Hong Kong

Fiji created history by securing a fifth consecutive title in Hong Kong with a 21-7 victory over France in the Cup final at the Hong Kong Sevens, while USA claimed third place to maintain their lead in the World Rugby Sevens Series standings with three rounds remaining.

Over the course of three days of action played out in front of over 100,000 fans at the Hong Kong Stadium, Gareth Baber's side enthralled the crowd as they achieved something that no other nation has ever done, reports World Rugby in an issued statement.

In the Cup final, Jerry Tuwai, who is the only current player to have played in all five of the finals, pulled the strings majestically while Aminiasi Tuimaba scored a brace and Vilimoni Botitu also crossed for a try.

After their silver medal in Vancouver, France continued their fine form by reaching their second successive Cup final in a season, something that they hadn't achieved before.

After the break Fiji's 14-0 lead was tested when they went down to six players and France were awarded a penalty try. However, from 14-7, Fiji rallied and Tuimaba's second try ultimately ensured that history would be created in front of a sold-out crowd. 

♦ In an absorbing fifth place final, Santiago Gómez Cora's Argentina overturned a series of three successive losses to New Zealand in order to take the spoils by 21-14.

Earlier in the day, Argentina had toppled the back-to-back world series champions South Africa 19-17 in the fifth-place semi-final. In the other semi-final New Zealand got the better of England 17-10 and, at the end of the day, the UL Mark of Excellence was handed to the All Blacks Sevens co-captain Scott Curry. The award marked the solidarity shown to the side from a number of teams over the three days in response to the recent events that have affected the country.

Scotland beat Japan by 26-24 in a thrilling match in order to clinch the Challenge Trophy awarded to the team placing ninth.

♦ At the end of all ten rounds of this year's world series, the top four teams will qualify their places at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Japan are the only side currently qualified due to automatic qualification as the host nation.

The USA ensured a complete set of medals on the world series this year with a 22-10 victory over Samoa in the Bronze Final.

After four silvers and a gold, this third-place finish secured Mike Friday's side another 17 world series points and puts them in a position to potentially secure qualification for Tokyo 2020 next weekend in Singapore.