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The Fijians notched their fifth HSBC tournament title in 2019 with a Cup win against New Zealand in Paris. The Pacific Islanders, Olympic Champions in 2016 in Brazil, defeated their perennial sevens rival 35-24, after leading 28-7 at the break.
Fiji last won in 2015/2016, and their victory broke South Africa's two event win streak from 2017 and 2018.
Importantly, Fiji vaulted ahead of the USA by nine points to win the 2018/2019 series title.
South Africa beat the USA 24-7 for the bronze medal. The Eagles, down 12-7 at the half, ran out of steam in the second period.
The American side went 4-2 for the event, having won the three pool matches against Spain, Samoa, and Canada. The Eagles defeated Kenya in the quarterfinals.
Final tallies of the top four sides follow:
Team Gold Silver Bronze Points
Fiji 5 1 1 186
USA 1 4 2 177
NZ 2 1 2 162
SA 2 0 2 148
These four teams have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The rest will compete in qualifying tournaments throughout next year.
The Eagles enjoyed a most successful season ever in this ten-city circuit. The second place finish represented their highest placement.
In addition, the Eagles collected medals in seven out the ten events this season, also, an impressive milestone.
At the end in Paris, a banner year for Mike Friday's squad, and hearty congratulations to all.