Fiji beat New Zealand 35-19 to lift the Cup at the USA Sevens for the first time since 2007 at round five of the HSBC Sevens World Series. A brace of tries to Fiji’s elusive Jerry Tuwai and Semi Kunatani paved the way for a convincing win for the Pacific islanders. ‘It means a lot for us. We’ve talked about improving our defence and discipline and today it has paid off. One of the strengths of the team is that we are in this together and we proved that this weekend,’ said captain Osea Kolinisau, who missed the final through injury.
Both finalists close the gap on series leaders South Africa, with just seven points now separating the top three. The Blitzbokke maintain their place in first with 93 series points, with New Zealand (88) and Fiji (86) in second and third respectively as the series passes the halfway stage in Las Vegas. The hosts USA received 15 points and move up to seventh in the series standings after finishing fourth at the Sam Boyd Stadium, while Australia’s Plate final win over England gives them a three point cushion over Simon Amor’s side in fourth as the race for Olympic qualification continues. Elsewhere Kenya beat Argentina to win the Bowl and Portugal defeat Wales in the Shield final.
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