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Fiji takes Singapore Sevens to go top


Fiji’s secured their third consecutive title following a 28-22 victory over Australia in the final of the Singapore Sevens.

The result sees Fiji take the lead in the World Series standings after they knocked out South Africa in the Cup semi-final. Fiji are now four points ahead of the Blitzboks, who finished in fourth place, with two tournaments remaining.

Australia’s runners-up position moves them up into fourth overall and New Zealand remain in third.

The drama-filled final was an exhilarating display of end-to-end action. Going into the last minute of the game Australia’s John Porch showed his athletic finishing skills to dot down in the corner and with the conversion brought Australia ahead, for the first time in the game, by one point.

Australia still had time for the restart and a knock-on gave Fiji possession back. Gareth Baber’s team kept their cool and a 90-metre tournament-winning try, finished by Alosio Sovita Naduva, sealed an incredible 28-22 victory.

Captain Jerry Tuwai said “I’m speechless. Australia are a very good side and took us to the wire. We gave everything for this final. Winning this tournament will boost our morale going to London and Paris.

“To all the people in the stadium, thank you very much for the support and back home thank you very much for your prayers, support and belief in this young team.”

Earlier in the day England beat South Africa 26-24 to secure the bronze medal while New Zealand secured fifth with a 36-17 victory over Samoa. The Challenge Trophy winners were the USA after day two results against Argentina, Scotland and Canada in the final.

Day two results:

Cup final:
Fiji 28-22 Australia

Bronze final:
South Africa 24-26 England

Fifth place play-off:
New Zealand 36-17 Samoa

Challenge Trophy final:
Canada 12-26 USA

Cup semi-finals:
Australia 15-7 England
Fiji 12-10 South Africa

Cup quarter-finals:
England 12-5 Samoa
Australia 7-5 Spain
South Africa 24-12 Kenya
Fiji 24-19 New Zealand

1 Fiji 7s 145
2 South Africa 7s 141
3 New Zealand 7s 120
4 Australia 7s 108
5 USA 7s 93
6 Kenya 7s 93
7 Argentina 7s 92
8 England 7s 88
9 Samoa 7s 55
10 Scotland 7s 51
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