Fiji’s 29-15 victory over USA in the final of
the HSBC Cape Town Sevens on Sunday, saw the Fijian side secure
their first win in South Africa since 2009.
The result see’s runner up USA take the lead in
the World Series standings with New Zealand just one point behind
in second with Fiji and England in third and fourth respectively.
In the final Fiji captain Kalione Nasoko opened
the scoring with a solo run after some excellent Fiji defending,
before they were handed two gift tries. First Vilimoni Botitu got
between a Madison Hughes pass and was free to run from deep in his
own half, and then Perry Baker fumbled a one-handed play for
Sevuloni Mocenacagi to capitalise leaving the score 17-0 at half
Botitu, who won HSBC Player of the Final,
exploited a gap after half time and despite Ben Pinkelman’s two
tries, Fiji were too far clear. Nasoko’s line break allowed his
second and Carlin Isles capped the final with a brilliant run to
the corner, but USA finished second for the second consecutive
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.”
Earlier in the day hosts South Africa beat New
Zealand 10-5 to secure the bronze medal while England secured
fifth with a 14-7 victory over Spain.
The Challenge Trophy winners
were Argentina after day two results against Kenya, Canada and
Samoa in the final.
The next stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens
Series is Hamilton 26-27 January.
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