Satala keeps the Fijians on course
March 25, 2000

A hat-trick of tries by Apolosi Satala kept the Fijian juggernaut on course as favourites at the Hong Kong rugby sevens
Saturday, but age-old rivals New Zealand stepped up a gear to dispel any possibility of the outcome being a foregone conclusion.
A tenacious South Korea managed to upset the Fijian composure after Fero
Lasavavibau scored after just 20 seconds of play before Satala swung into action with two first half tries and one in the second to settle the outcome 33-12 to Fiji.
New Zealand, disappointed to have let Singapore in for a try in their opening match on Friday, produced a far more satisfactory display for them in the second round, keeping their line intact and beating Italy 38-0.
Fiji and New Zealand have dominated the inaugural world sevens circuit - arriving in Hong Kong for the eighth round with Fiji having won four tournaments so far to New Zealand's three.
New Zealand, desperate to even the score, felt they had reason to feel heartened by their performance against Italy.
"They made us work, it was just what we were looking for to test our positional play and organisational play in defence," New Zealand skipper Eric Rush said.
Third-seeded Australia beat Hong Kong 19-5, coming back from being 5-0 down after Matthew Reede sprinted 80 metres to put the hosts ahead less that three minutes into the game.
England, back in Hong Kong for the first time since the World Cup in 1997, took their second win from two matches with a comfortable 57-0 victory over Sri Lanka, while South Africa came back from a 14-7 deficit at half-time to beat Croatia 26-14.
Samoa, South Africa, France and the United States all remained unbeaten after the second round.
The quarter final draw will be made after the third and final round of pool matches later Saturday

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