Fijiana finish strong at Kitakyushu 7s

The Fiji women's sevens team produced a strong finish to win the Challenge Trophy at the latest round of the World Series in Kitakyushu, Japan.

After losing all three pool matches on day one against Ireland, USA and England, the Fijiana bounced back to defeat hosts Japan 28-17 before crushing Spain 41-12 in the playoff for ninth place.

It's Fiji second consecutive ninth place finish under new head coach Saiasi Fuli, who was appointed in December.

Fiji remain in 10th place in the overall World Series standings after four of six legs, three points behind the Spaniards but a whopping 21 points adrift of the top eight.

Canada defeated England in the Japan Sevens final, becoming the first team outside of New Zealand and Australia to win a World Series tournament since their triumph in Sydney in February 2017.

The Women's World Sevens Series resumes in Langford, Canada next month.