Fiji claim series title as hosts impress in London

309
fiji rugby11

Hosts England and South Africa with 100 per cent records

Fiji claimed a second successive HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series by reaching the Cup quarter-finals at the tenth and final round of the series in London.

Despite losing their opening match 31-10 to England, 42-5 and 26-0 wins over Wales and Australia booked their place in the last eight and confirmed their status as series champions with an insurmountable lead at the top of the standings.

After opening up with the impressive win over Fiji, the hosts went on to beat Australia 10-7 and Wales 24-5 to finish unbeaten on day one at Twickenham. Simon Amor’s side will face Scotland in the Cup quarter-finals while France await Fiji.

South Africa were the only other side to win all three of their pool matches at Twickenham, with victories over Canada, USA and last week’s champions Samoa who finished bottom of Pool A. Neil Powell’s side will meet Argentina in the last eight, a repeat of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens final.

Elsewhere France topped Pool C after beating Portugal, Kenya and drawing with Scotland while defending London champions USA reached the last eight on points difference after a 12-12 draw with North American rivals Canada. Mike Friday’s side will play New Zealand who topped Pool D on points difference after ending their day with a 14-14 draw with Los Pumas.

It was a special day too for Collins Injera, who scored four tries to overtake Santiago Gomez Cora at the top of the all-time leading try scorer chart. Having received the ball from his brother Humphrey Kayange, Injera scored his 231st try before running into the crowd to give his mum and dad his playing jersey.

“It is an amazing feeling. Rugby sevens has always been special to me,” said Injera. “I have played this game since high school. When I started out I wanted to go for the record and now that I have done it, it’s a huge thing for me. “Getting the final pass from my brother, the person I started out playing this game with is a huge honour for me. He mentored me a lot when growing up, telling me what to do and what not to do when playing, so to finally do it in Twickenham is very very special for me.

“I have been chasing the dream for a while and it’s finally been realised. It’s special for me and for my family, they have been there for life supporting this team through and through.”

Your sports. Your teams. The ISN Daily Digest.

Sign up to the ISN Daily Digest and sit back while we pick the previous day’s best headlines and speed them straight to your inbox every morning.
Email address
First Name*
We abide by all applicable emailing laws including 100% CAN-SPAM/CASL/US CAN-SPAM Act compliance. No spam!