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Rugby Sevens: Fiji light up Las Vegas, close in on series leaders

Fiji beat New Zealand to win the USA Sevens and close in on series leaders South Africa. Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima.

Fiji won the USA Sevens in Las Vegas to close in on series leaders South Africa. Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima.

February 16, 2015: Fiji beat New Zealand 35-19 to win the USA Sevens for the first time since 2007 and close in on leaders South Africa after round five of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series.

 

A brace of tries for Fiji’s Jerry Tuwai and Semi Kunatani paved the way for a convincing win for the Pacific islanders in Las Vegas.

 

Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau, who missed the final through injury, said: “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.”

 

Both finalists close the gap on South Africa, with just seven points now separating the top three. The Blitzboks lead with 93 points, with New Zealand (88) and Fiji (86) second and third respectively as the series passes the halfway stage and next heads to Hong Kong in late March.

 

Hosts USA received 15 points and move up to seventh in the series 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.

 

Source: World Rugby (www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series); Editing by SportAsia

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