Media Release – 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.
Fiji claimed the HSBC World Las Vegas Rugby Tournament with a 35-19 win over New Zealand – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
New Zealand was gicen very little oppourtunity to touch the ball in the game, only scoring 19 points. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
“It means a lot for us. We’ve talked about improving our defence and discipline and today it has paid off,” said captain Osea Kolinisau, who missed the final through injury. “One of the strengths of the team is that we are in this together and we proved that this weekend.”
Fiji was supported by the “8” fan with a large Fijian contingent in the stands to cheer their team to victory – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Always hitting hard, and hard to bring down two Blitzboks converge on one Fijian team member for the ball. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
Both finalists close the gap on series leaders South Africa, with just seven points now separating the top three. The Blitzboks 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.