THE Digicel Fiji 7s team ran rampant over Kenya to win the plate final at the Gold Coast 7s in Australia last night.
Despite failing to defend the Cup title, the Ben Ryan-coached side ran in a 36-0 win to keep within a fighting distance for the HSBC Sevens World Series leaders New Zealand.
New Zealand won the Gold Coast 7s title beating Australia 40-19. The hosts had taken a surprising 12-0 lead before the 2012-2013 Series champions hit back to lead 14-12 at the break.
England managed the third place after thrashing South Africa 47-0 in the 3rd/4th place playoff.
The Kiwis lead the series with 22 points.
Fiji is placed fifth on 13 points.
In the plate showdown, the national side put on a much better display and tries from Samisoni Viriviri, Waisea Nacuqu and impressive Benito Masilevu gave Fiji a 17-0 lead at the break.
Coach Ryan stressed the importance of maintaining possession and striking for the try line at the breather.
Ilai Tinai scored following a brilliant break from Nacuqu to extend the lead to 24-0 before Sakuisa Nadruku and Masilevu's tries completed the 36-0 win.
"On the field we have a lot of work to do. We have a huge amount of talent in Fiji, now we just need to make sure we have the right guys on the pitch, they are fit and good for purpose," Ryan said.
"We want to be lifting cups, not plates. When we are on the money, as you've seen there (against Kenya), they play good rugby, we just need to be more consistent."
United States won the Shield final beating Portugal 22-0 while France took home the Bowl title beating Canada 19-14.
Meanwhile Fiji is pooled with England, Canada and United States in Pool C of the Dubai 7s which will be held at the end of next month.