Fiji claim Cape Town Sevens title

Date published: December 9 2018

Fiji bounced back from last weekend’s fifth-place finish by taking the Cup silverware at the Cape Town Sevens, beating USA 29-15 in Sunday’s final.

In a one-sided final the Fijians raced into a 22-0 lead and kept their noses in front as they showed their class throughout the weekend.

Host nation South Africa responded from their semi-final loss to Fiji by beating New Zealand 10-5 in a low-scoring Bronze final meeting.

England finished in fifth spot, overcoming an impressive Spain side 14-7, while the Challenge Trophy was claimed by Argentina, who defeated Samoa 38-14. Finally it was Kenya who came out on top in the 13th place final as they edged Wales 33-26.

On their trophy success, Fiji head coach Gareth Baber said: “It’s been a long time coming for the Fijians to win in Cape Town. We were disappointed last week that we didn’t manage to perform to the level that we’ve done this week.

“It makes me most proud that these players have done everything for their families back home and the country of Fiji. It’s great. Fijian fans are everywhere in the world, wherever we travel, and we say a big thank you to all those who make a big effort to come and support us.

“We’ve had some battles, most notably South Africa in the semi-finals, but all credit to the players and staff – they’ve manned up.”

The World Sevens Series now takes a break until January 26-27 when it restarts in Hamilton before heading to Sydney on February 2-3.

Cape Town Sevens, Day Two Results

Challenge quarter-finals
Samoa 31-26 Wales
France 31-0 Japan
Canada 28-24 Zimbabwe
Argentina 34-31 Kenya

Cup quarter-finals
South Africa 21-12 Scotland
Fiji 46-7 Spain
Australia 17-26 New Zealand
USA 19-12 England

13th place semi-finals
Wales 28-7 Japan
Zimbabwe 19-31 Kenya

Challenge Trophy semi-finals
Samoa 31-7 France
Canada 14-24 Argentina

5th place semi-finals
Scotland 7-12 Spain
Australia 21-24 England

Cup semi-finals
South Africa 12-17 Fiji
New Zealand 12-31 USA

13th place play-off
Wales 26-33 Kenya

Challenge Trophy final
Samoa 14-38 Argentina

5th place play-off
Spain 7-14 England

Bronze final
South Africa 10-5 New Zealand

Cup final
Fiji 29-15 USA