Matt Lucas of Australia is tackled during the match between Australia and Kenya on day two of the 2012 Gold Coast Sevens at Skilled Park on October 14, 2012 in Gold Coast, Australia.
Matt Lucas of Australia is tackled during the match between Australia and Kenya on day two of the 2012 Gold Coast Sevens at Skilled Park on October 14, 2012 in Gold Coast, Australia. Mark Kolbe / Getty Images

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.



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