Kalione Nasoko is playing way beyond his experience on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17. Anyone watching the Cup final in Hong Kong, where Fiji beat series leaders South Africa 22-0, would assume the 26-year-old is an old hand on the circuit, such is the calmness and composure he played with.

Nasoko scored twice in the final to secure Fiji's first tournament win since this time last year in Hong Kong and finished on five tries overall after three days of action.  

"It's an honour to play at the tournament with Fiji," said Nasoko. "They say if you play for Fiji and don't get to win in Hong Kong then you are missing out on something special."


Fiji's return to winning ways comes at a crucial time as South Africa looked to be in unstoppable form after making every tournament final of the 2016-17 series, winning four of them. For new head coach Gareth Baber, this was his first piece of silverware after taking over from Ben Ryan and to do it in Hong Kong, the team he used to coach, was very special.

"There's huge expectation with Fiji - they are the world champions, the Olympic champions for a reason," Baber said.

"When you look back on your career as a coach or player, there are moments where perhaps things didn't go so right, and they make perhaps coming back to the scene of the crime and doing it well that bit more special.

"I love being here in Hong Kong ... I thoroughly developed my coaching here and now I come back and put it out for everybody to see with a great group of people and a great country as well."


The teams now go on to the HSBC Singapore Sevens, the venue Kenya won their first ever tournament at last year. Fiji will be in Pool A with Canada, Russia and Hong Kong.