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Fiji Still Series Leader

The Vodafone Fiji 7s side maintain their lead on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings after finishing third in the 2014 Dubai 7s over the weekend. Despite losing out
08 Dec 2014 12:06
Fiji Still Series Leader

The Vodafone Fiji 7s side maintain their lead on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standings after finishing third in the 2014 Dubai 7s over the weekend.

Despite losing out on their title defence after going down in the Cup semifinal to Australia 29-24, the Ben Ryan-coached side bounced back with a 26-12 victory over New Zealand in the third-fourth place play-off.

Ryan acknowledged all the supporters via his Twitter account on Saturday night Dubai time following the end of the tournament.

“Thanks for all your support. Not the perfect weekend but great to bounce back and now set sights on a strong South African leg. Toso Viti.

Fiji remains in the number one spot with 39 points followed by Dubai 7s winner South Africa with 37 points, runner-up Australia with 29, fourth-placed New Zealand with 28 and Samoa with 27 rounding out the top five.

With the Dubai leg now over, attention turns to the South African leg in Port Elizabeth this weekend where hosts South Africa heads Pool A facing Wales, USA and Kenya. Dubai runners-up Australia will play Argentina, as well as Portugal and Zimbabwe in Pool B.

Series leaders Fiji head Pool C as the third-placed team in Dubai and face Scotland, France and Dubai Shield winners Canada. The reigning Series champions New Zealand, meanwhile, will play England, who they beat in the Dubai quarter finals, Samoa and Japan in Pool D.

Fiji will open the tournament on December 13 with their first pool game against France at 9.30pm Fiji time. The Osea Kolinisau-skippered side will play Canada next at 12.46am meeting Scotland in the third and final pool game at 4.26am.

Meanwhile, in the women’s sevens series, New Zealand takes the top spot after winning the Dubai 7s with 22 points followed by runner-up and archrival Australia with 19 while Canada round out the top three with 17 points.

France places fourth with 15 points, England follows with 13 points with Telecom Fijiana sitting in sixth place. USA and Russia follow in seventh and eighth respectively with 10 points each while Brazil places ninth with eight points.

South Africa comes in tenth place with seven points followed by Spain with five points and China wraps up the points table with five points also.

The 2014 Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay 7s will be held on December 13-14 while the women’s sevens series will continue the next leg in Brazil on February 7-8.

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