The battle to avoid relegation from the series got a little bit tighter as well after Fiji ran out 41-21 winners over Spain in the Challenge Trophy final thanks to a hat-trick from Asinate Savu and double from Raijieli Daveua.

Fiji’s win means that only six points separate the three teams in danger with Spain ninth on 16 points, three clear of their conquerors with China on 10.

China finished their first tournament under new head coach Sean Horan with a hard-fought 7-0 win over hosts Japan in the 11th place play-off, Guy Yaoyao receiving quick ball from a lineout and darting through a gap to run in the only try of the match.

The first semi-final was a repeat of the Pool B match which saw Spain beat China 31-26. Ingrid Algar and Elisabet Martinez had given Spain a 12-0 half-time lead, but an overthrown lineout gave China a way back in and they were able to give Liu Xioaquin space to run in the try.

They couldn’t find another, though, as Spain’s experienced players ensured they saw out the 12-5 victory. Japan gave the home crowd something to cheer about with well-worked tries by Honoka Tsutsumi and Yume Hirano giving them a 12-7 half-time lead.

Fiji, though hit back in the second half with three tries, including the second of the match for Ana Maria Naimasi – the 150th try of the weekend – to triumph 28-17.

The HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2019 now moves onto Langford in Victoria, Canada, for the penultimate round on 11-12 May.

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