Published: Tue, December 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Fiji wins Cape Town rugby sevens title

Fiji wins Cape Town rugby sevens title

Australia will play New Zealand on Sunday night (8.45pm AEST), with the quarter-final to be broadcast live on Fox Sports.

England finished fifth at the Cape Town Sevens after defeating Spain 14-7 in the fifth-place final on day two. Justin Geduld added four conversions.

Neil Powell's men headed into their home leg of their World Sevens Series title defence looking to make amends for their uncharacteristic 6th place finish in the season opener in Dubai last weekend.

Fiji's 29-15 victory over US in the final of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens on Sunday, saw the Fijian side secure their first win in South Africa since 2009.

Former World Sevens Player of the Year Werner Kok quickly tied the game back up at 14 all before Branco du Preez launched South Africa into a promising lead. Dewald Human broke the third-place game open for the Blitzboks with just over a minute to go when he squeezed in at the left corner for the clinching try. Hide Caption 10 of 13 Photos: Rugby sevens round the world The 2019 series also welcomes Japan, who secured a place by winning the Hong Kong qualifier in April.

"We are proud of what this team has done", said Laidlaw.

The second-place finish boosted the USA into first place in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings after two tournaments.

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But finishing runner-up was enough to enable the USA team to take overall lead in the World Series, one point ahead of New Zealand, the defending champions in Cape Town, whom they beat 31-12 in the semi-finals.

It's been a long time coming, for the Fijians to win in Cape Town.

Fiji and England are respectively third and fourth.

"We were competitive all along and had we played one of two moments better, we could have been smiling now", said Soyizwapi.

The rest of the players named in the dream team are Madison Hughes, Danny Barrett, David Afamasaga, Sione Molia and Rosko Specman.

Vilimoni Botitu intercepted and raced away from deep inside Fiji's half for the second, while Sevuloni Mocenacagi scored off a Perry Baker error when he threw the ball away.

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