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Tietjins: Lessons learned from Hamilton Sevens loss

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Olowofela's double against Russian Federation was one of the few bright moments of the campaign, with a trip to Las Vegas in March the next contest on the agenda.

Four tournaments, four different winners - this year's Sevens World Series continues to surprise and entertain.

In the gold medal match, Fiji showed nerves, with South Africa scoring the first try in the final.

The Kenyans were punished for glaring handling mistakes and despite an improved second half performance, they couldn't bridge the gap with the Samoans coached by legendary New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens managed to knick home the win.

The crowds packed the stands at FMG Stadium Waikato for the titanic semifinal tussle Hamilton had been waiting for - and the contest of the two great rugby sevens nations produced an outstanding encounter worthy of the occasion.

Despite injuries to several first-choice including inspirational captain Philip Snyman, South Africa's Blitzboks moved down their opposition like true champions to reach the Hamilton Sevens final.

New Zealand plays England, Fiji faces Samoa, Kenya takes on Australia and South Africa meets Scotland in Sunday's quarterfinals.

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New Zealand were second in the series standings before Hamilton with one tournament success in Cape Town after three legs.

"But we have got stronger".

They lost Sevuloni Mocenacagi for the final two matches after he was suspended for two games for a risky tackle, but still had just enough firepower to beat New Zealand 14-12 in the semi-finals. "I can't wait for our 2019 Sevens tournament, and I think a lot of the people here this weekend will be back next year".

Fiji were given an almighty scare by Pacific Island rivals Samoa in their quarter-final and needed an incredible last-gasp try from Kalione Nasoko to snatch a dramatic victory.

It was also an improved Samoa who finished 5th beating Kenya 19-15 and PNG who won twice over the weekend.

Kenya turned on the gas in the second half and they outscored Scotland by three tries to one to eventually win 33-19.

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