It was a bridge too far for a weary, wounded New Zealand side as Fiji stormed to the Hong Kong Sevens title.
Fiji were too strong and too fresh for the New Zealanders, winning the final 21-7 to extend their lead atop the world series ladder. New Zealand, who won the previous tournament in Vancouver, moved past South Africa into second.
In the end, New Zealand were out on their feet. As Fiji cantered past Australia 34-5 in one semifinal, New Zealand had to scrap for 10 minutes of extra time before a late Regan Ware try got them home 12-7 against South Africa.