Kolinisau: Special successive Hong Kong title

(IRB.COM) Sunday 24 March 2013
 
 Kolinisau: Special successive Hong Kong title
Osea Kolinisau scored a hat-trick in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens

Fiji came from 19-0 behind at half time to lift the 2013 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens Cup, successfully defending their title and becoming the first side to win two Cups this season.

Osea Kolinisau came off the bench to score a remarkable hat-trick to give Fiji an eventual 26-19 win against a Welsh side performing in their first ever Cup final.

"We just said that we needed hope and we need to keep the faith, to keep on working because 10 minutes is a lot of time in Sevens," said Kolinisau on what was said at half time.

"It is a really good feeling to go back to back here and especially to be the first team to win two Cups this season. It is really important, so we hope to continue this in Japan."

Watched on by the most recent inductee into the IRB Hall of Fame, Waisale Serevi, the Fijians celebrated with his son on top of their shoulders as Serevi had done at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2005 in the same stadium.

"I feel great," added Serevi. "It is an honor to win this Hong Kong title. It is important for Fiji. It is like winning the World Cup. It is the pinnacle of the Series."

"When I come to Hong Kong it is like I am 18, I would love to run on the field. This is where it all began and I wanted to keep playing every year. I saw the boys with Junior, they know him, so that was great."

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Tomasi Cama Snr, Fiji assistant coach, on reaching the Cup final:
"We are looking forward to the final. It is a special place for us, this is a place where our name has been well known in the world in Rugby Sevens, and it is special for us and the whole of Fiji. We are waiting for the great time to come and we will give everything we have got."

Lee Williams, Wales, on reaching first Cup final:
"It is a great feeling. We were in the group of death, we have come out of that full of confidence  and managed to pay off today.

So special to do it here in Hong Kong especially with the group we had. We have one more step now. Ifan wrote a letter for us, which touched a few of the boys and we are going to do it for him."

England coach Ben Ryan on why England have improved on day three:
"Mindset. We didn't have it in the first two games. For the last three games the minimum standards have been there, we have suffocated teams. I'm really angy. Every time we get better I get angrier."

On facing Hong Kong in the Bowl final: "They're a faceless oppostion, we're just trying to improve our performance to another level."

IRB Chief Executive Officer Brett Gosper on sevens and RWC Sevens in Moscow:
"We're loving intensity of global competition exemplified here in Hong Kong. We've had some real surprises here.

"23 of these teams will be in Russia for Rugby World Cup Sevens and we're looking forward to a great RWC Sevens in Moscow. It's a big event and a huge stadium, which will have a huge festival atmosphere around it."

Hong Kong sevens captain Rowan Varty after victory over Argentina in the Bowl quarter final:

"It's one of the best (sevens results), beating Wales back in 2010, winning the Shield the same year and now beating Argentina in 2013 especially after days one and two for us, which weren't too sharp.
Hopefully we can prove to the other teams here that we are in amongst them and gain a bit of respect from them.

"I feel sorry for all the other teams in Hong Kong because the crowd is unbelievable, they really get behind us and it must be a nightmare to play against."

Pre-qualifier

Russia coach Alexander Alekseenko after securing a place at the HSBC Sevens London qualifier: "We've worked hard for this tournament. We realise the importance of it because it is a qualifier for London. 

"Unfortunately we have six players in our national team who are injured so we were a bit concerned coming into the tournament. However, the new guys played really well with the older players remaining. Overall I'm really pleased.

"The preparations for the Rugby World Cup Sevens will begin for us from tomorrow. We are really looking forward to this tournament and each sevens world series tournament is  a stepping stone for us towards this historic event for Russian rugby."

Hong Kong Sevens

Round 6
27-20 March 2015
Venue: Hong Kong Stadium
City: Hong Kong
Capacity: 40,000

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
FIJ39
WAL37
KEN35
SRI33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
AUS39
RSA37
FRA35
ESP33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
ENG39
CAN37
ARG35
POR33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
USA35
SAM35
SCO35
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Photos
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  • Tom Mitchell of England
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