So close, so agonisingly close for Wales as they almost overcame hefty odds to beat favourites, Fiji, in their first HSBC world series final.
They led 19-0 at half-time but in a lung-bursting second period were undone by the brilliance of Fiji substitute Osea Kolinisau, whose hat-trick settled matters 26-19. It was gripping, rousing stuff under floodlights in a packed stadium. The 38th Hong Kong Sevens ended in style.
After the heroics of the Six Nations, it looked like being quite some week for Welsh rugby. Long-striding Cory Allen was a revelation, his two first-half tries seemingly setting his side up for a historic triumph.
But the Fijians are masters of the abbreviated game,claiming a record 14th title here after accounting for runaway series leaders New Zealand in the semi-final........The 19 points Wales received for finishing runners-up gives them a boost in the HSBC World Series rankings with three legs remaining in Japan, Glasgow and London.
I went to the Hong Kong Sevens years ago. It was the first time I became aware of Jonah Lomu. Maybe tickets for the Marriott London Sevens in May
are in order?
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