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FIJI CHAMPIONS

The eighth meeting of the 2017/2018 ten-circuit HSBC Sevens tournament saw Fiji win their third consecutive gold medal, and their fourth title in the past five events. The Fijians won on the final possession against Australia 28-22 with a splendid try from speedster Alosia Naduvo who scored under the posts.

England showed some late-in-the-season spark taking their first medal of the season with a bronze medal against South Africa 26-24. New Zealand defeated Samoa for 5th place 36-17.

The standings to-date among the higher placed squads are:

  1. Fiji       145
  2. RSA     141
  3. NZ       126
  4. Aus.     108
  5. USA       93
  6. Kenya   93
  7. Arg.        92
  8. Eng.       88

The USA picked up eight points for finishing ninth. The second day, against weaker competition, the Eagles went 3-0, beating Argentina, 36-12, Scotland, 36-12, and Canada 26-12. Carlin Isles had two hat trick games on the Sunday.

Isles prolific scoring did not place him on the seven player Singapore Dream Team. Those names were:

  • Alamando Motugua, Samoa
  • Oscar Ouma, Kenya
  • Trael Joass, NZ
  • Eroni Sau, Fiji
  • John Porch, Australia
  • Alosia Naduvo, Fiji
  • Ben O; Donnell, Australia

The Player of the Final was awarded to Waisea Macuqu from  Fiji.

The teams will meet for the last two season’s contests in London on June 2,3 and Paris on June  8,9,10 (Men and Women).

Then it’s a short wait for the World Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco on July 20,21,22 for both Women and Men.