March 23, 2014 (ISN) – Fiji produced a performance full of skill and passion to beat South Africa and edge a wonderful Cup final, 33-26, at the Tokyo Sevens.
In beating New Zealand 17-12 in the semi-final and then denying the South Africans a Tokyo title defence, the Fijians matched the Blitzbokke and Sevens All Blacks in winning two Cup titles in the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.
In reaching the final the South Africans did enough to regain the overall lead in the Series on 116 points, just two clear of New Zealand, who lost to England in the play-off for third place, 21-12.
A battling Australian side beat USA to claim a second successive Plate and go fifth in the Series, Wales edged Scotland in the Bowl and Argentina beat Samoa to take the Shield.
Hosts Japan added a victory against the Samoans on day two to their draw with Argentina on day one, and lost only narrowly to the Welsh in their Bowl semi-final as they gathered momentum and confidence ahead of the World Series core team qualifier in Hong Kong next weekend.
Pool draw made for Hong Kong
Before the Tokyo Cup final the draw was made for the main 16-team competition to be played at the Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens on 28-30 March.
- Pool A: Fiji, Kenya, Wales, Sri Lanka (compete in Hong Kong as third-ranked team in Asia)
- Pool B: South Africa, Australia, France, Spain
- Pool C: England, Canada, Argentina, Portugal
- Pool D: New Zealand, USA, Scotland, Samoa
The draw had previously been made for the 12-team Series core team qualifier, to be played alongside the main competition in Hong Kong between two teams from each of the IRB’s six regions.
- Pool E: Russia, Zimbabwe, Chile, Barbados
- Pool F: Hong Kong, Italy, Tunisia, American Samoa
- Pool G: Japan, Cook Islands, Uruguay, Trinidad & Tobago