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Tokyo: Fiji scored five tries in a breathless Cup final at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground, beating South Africa 33-26 in round six of the HSBC Sevens World Series. Captained
24 Mar 2014 12:35

Benito Masilevu (right), and DJ Forbes after the Cup semifinal yesterday. Photo: Kenji Demura

Tokyo: Fiji scored five tries in a breathless Cup final at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground, beating South Africa 33-26 in round six of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Captained by the impressive Osea Kolinisau, Fiji head into this weekend’s Hong Kong Sevens full of confidence after claiming their second Cup final of the season.
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 Neil Powell’s side beat England 17-0 as they booked their place in a fourth consecutive final while two DJ Forbes tries were not enough for New Zealand who suffered a 17-12 defeat in the Cup semi finals at the hands of Fiji.

Second Plate for Australia
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 semifinal.

Evans fires Wales to Bowl
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 semifinal.
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
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. – IRB

How they stand
Pos Team Pts
1 South Africa 116
2 New Zealand 114
3 Fiji 95
4 England 85
5 Australia 72
6 Samoa 59
7 Kenya 57
8 Argentina 56
9 Canada 53
10 Wales 45
11 France 43
12 Scotland 37
13 United States 27
14 Portugal 22
15 Spain 9
16 Japan 5
17 Tonga 2
18 Russia 1
19 Uruguay 1
20 Zimbabwe 1

Third place England 21-12 New Zealand;
Semifinals South Africa 17-0 England, Fiji 17-12 New Zealand
Quarterfinals: South Africa 17-12 USA, England 14-10 Canada, Fiji 43-19 Kenya
New Zealand 21-12 Australia.
Plate final Australia 17-12 USA, semifinals: Australia 36-0 Kenya
USA 28-15 Canada
Bowl Final: Wales 28-21 Scotland, Bowl semifinals: Wales 24-19 Japan
Scotland 21-12 France.
Shield final: Argentina 26 Samoa 0
Shield semifinals: Samoa 24-12 Spain
Argentina 24-21 Portugal .

HONG KONG 7s pools
Pool A: Fiji, Kenya, Wales, Sri Lanka;
Pool B: South Africa, Australia, France, Spain;
Pool C: England, Canada, Argentina, Portugal;
Pool D: New Zealand, USA, Scotland, Samoa.

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