Speed key in Fijian sevens success
YOU can't coach pace ... and the Fiji sevens side has it in abundance.
One of the fastest is Ratu Raitini whose hat-trick helped the defending Gold Coast champions crush New Zealand 32-14 in the final yesterday.
Fiji led 17-7 at half-time after Raitini crossed twice, and the contest was effectively over in the first minute after the re-start when he raced away for his third.
The Kiwis got one back but Ilai Tinai put the icing on the cake with a spectacular chip-and-regather in the final seconds.
Fiji powerhouse Joqi Raqamate was deservedly named player of the weekend.
Earlier, Australia's run ended in the quarter-finals with a stunning 21-14 upset loss to Kenya.
The Aussies had gone into the match full of confidence after making it through Saturday's three games unbeaten, including a 15-14 win against Fiji.
The loss knocked the wind out of Australia's sails and it was then beaten 17-14 by Argentina in the semi-final of the plate competition.
It was a disappointing end to what promised to be a great start to the 2012/13 Sevens series which now moves to Dubai at the end of October.
The team did unearth a potential star, however, with teenage forward Sean McMahon one of the standouts.