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Fiji win Tokyo Sevens title

23rd March 2014 08:20


Fiji Tokyo Sevens champs 2014

Fiji: Back to their winning ways

Fiji beat defending champions South Africa 33-26 in a thrilling final of the Tokyo Sevens at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground on Sunday.

The Pacific islanders secured their second title of the 2013/14 IRB Sevens World Series - they also won the Dubai leg - after outscoring South Africa by five tries to four.

Fiji raced into a 12-0 lead thanks to tries from Emosi Mulevoro and Samisoni Viriviri but the Blitzbokke struck back with five-pointers from their captain Kyle Brown, Stephan Dippenaar and Justin Geduld.

Shortly before the break Benito Masilevu scored Fiji's third try which meant the sides were tied at 19-all at half-time.

Fiji were first out of the blocks in the second half and regained the lead thanks to a superb try by veteran Setefano Cakau, who sprinted from deep inside his half before dotting down.

South Africa struck back with a fine piece of individualism from Geduld, who scored under the posts to draw his side level at 26-all, before Waisea Nacuqu clinched the victory for Fiji with the winning try in the dying moments of the match.

Captained by the impressive Osea Kolinisau, Fiji head into next weekend's Hong Kong Sevens full of confidence after this triumph.

Defending champions South Africa (116) returned to the top of the Series standings by reaching the final to lead New Zealand by two points after the All Blacks Sevens (114) lost to England in the third place play-off.

Ben Ryan's Fiji sit third (95), a further 19 points behind, with England on 85 points heading into round seven next weekend.

Earlier, South Africa beat England 17-0 as they booked their place in a fourth consecutive final while two DJ Forbes tries were not enough as New Zealand suffered a 17-12 defeat in the Cup semi-finals at the hands of Fiji.

Samisoni Viriviri scored his eighth try of the weekend in Tokyo to secure the victory having earlier scored two tries in a 43-19 win over Kenya in their quarter final having trailed 19-17 midway through the second half.

The Blitzbokke were made to work hard in their quarter-final, eventually beating the USA 17-12 with tries from Seabelo Senatla, Justin Geduld and Werner Kok.

England finished the tournament in third place and collected 17 Series points after beating New Zealand 21-12 having lost their two previous third place play-offs this season.

Third place: England 21-12 New Zealand


South Africa 17-0 England
Fiji 17-12 New Zealand


South Africa 17-12 USA
England 14-10 Canada
Fiji 43-19 Kenya
New Zealand 21-12 Australia

Second successive Plate for Australia

Plate Final: Australia 17-12 USA

Plate semi-finals: Australia 36-0 Kenya
USA 28-15 Canada

Greg Jeloudev scored his eighth try of the weekend as Australia beat the USA 17-12 to win a second successive Plate on the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Earlier, Sam Myers scored two tries in their 36-0 defeat of Kenya in their semi final while Brett Thompson impressed for Matt Hawkins' side as they came from 15-7 behind to claim a 28-15 defeat against neighbours Canada in their semi final.

Evans fires Wales to Bowl

Bowl Final: Wales 28-21 Scotland

Bowl semi-finals: Wales 24-19 Japan
Scotland 21-12 France

Iolo Evans scored a match-winning try as he completed a hat-trick to give Wales a 28-21 victory against Scotland in the final of the Bowl.

James Johnstone scored two tries in the final for Scotland, but Wales left it late for the second time on day two having earlier beaten Japan 26-21 with Alex Webber scoring the winning try in sudden death extra time in the first semi final.

Lomano Lemeki had scored his second try of the match and fifth of the tournament to level the scores but Webber broke the hosts' hearts to reach the final.

Earlier, Japan recorded their best-ever performance against a core side, beating Samoa 42-12 in the Bowl semi final to the delight of the home crowd in what was also a first win against the Pacific islanders in their 16th encounter.

Argentina beat Samoa in Shield final

Shield Final: Argentina 26-0

Shield semi-finals: Samoa 24-12 Spain
Argentina 24-21 Portugal

Martin Rodriguez scored nine points as Los Pumas ended a disappointing Tokyo Sevens with some silverware, beating Samoa 26-0 in the Shield final.

Santiago Gomez Cora's side booked their place in the final after Gaston Revol scored a penalty drop goal to record a 24-21 over Portugal having trailed 21-7.

It was only the third time Samoa have competed in the Shield in the history of the World Series and both sides will want to forget this weekend ahead of the Hong Kong Sevens next week.

With thanks to the IRB