Fiji claim Singapore Sevens title in late comeback

30 April, 2018, 12:20 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
  • Kenya's Jeffery Oluoch is tackled by Fiji's Paula Dranisinukula and Jerry Tuwai

Fiji started strongly and Waisea Nacuqu opened the scoring with neat footwork to weave through defenders and the reigning Olympic champions quickly doubled their advantage through another converted try from the influential player.

Australian captain Jesse Parahi sat out the final after he picked up an injury during the semi-final match against England earlier in the day and had to be stretchered off the field.

Fiji skipper Jerry Tuwai extended their lead to 21-10 before Australia once again hit back with a Brandon Quinn try.

"We asked the players for three things - to bring energy, look after the system and put in the effort, and they did that", he said.

The victory follows their record-breaking feat of winning the Hong Kong leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series four times on the trot earlier this month.

England took third place after a thrilling 26-24 win of their own over second-placed South Africa as Mike Ellery benefited from a good break by Dan Norton to score the winning try in the battle for the bronze medal.

Unstoppable! Eroni Sau scores for Fiji against South Africa in the first semi final of the HSBC Singapore 7s.




However, New Zealand got back to the lead after capitalising on a Kenyan mistake on the counter rack with Dylan Collier dotting down for a 12-7 lead at half time.

It is Walsh's first tournament as men's coach since switching over from the women's program.

The All Blacks sevens have lost a heartbreaker to Fiji in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Sevens after veteran Kurt Baker failed to find touch with a penalty in the dying stages.

Fiji pulled off a stunning win after the final buzzer to claim the Singapore Sevens title and take the overall lead in the series with just two rounds to go.

There are two legs of the series left- Paris and London before teams prepare for the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco on July 20-22.

After dispatching New Zealand in a blistering quarter-final - a repeat of this year's Commonwealth Games final - the Fijians narrowly edged out South Africa 12-10 at the semifinals. He scored a hat-trick of tries before Heino Bezuidenhout added his name to the score sheet.

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