Fiji 7s crowned London 7s champions
June 3, 2018 7:40 pm
The Fiji Airways 7s side defeated South Africa 21-17 in the cup final to win the London tournament.
South Africa had the first say in the match from Stedman Gans while Josua Tuisova replied to an impressive try in the second minute of play.
Both the teams tied at seven-all at halftime.
Paula Dranisinukula and Jasa Veremalua then scored a try each in the second half to seal their victory.
Despite the win, Sevuloni Mocenacagi was given a yellow card in the first spell for a dangerous tackle.
Dranisinukula, Semi Radradra and Tuisova were named in the London 7s Dream Team.
The South Africans other scores came from Ruan Nel and Zyan Davids.
Fiji had earlier beaten Ireland 38 – 12 in the semifinal and hammered Canada 40 – 7 in the quarterfinal.
Coach Gareth Baber says they’re in a good position now in achieving their goal.
“We’re feeling good now. We try and do what South Africa did last year which is consistency and we did it this year we pushed it all away and we’re in a good position this time.”
Captain Jerry Tuway thanked the Fijian supporters in London and also back at home.
“We’re so blessed that we have a lot of supporters here. Thank you so much for being here and cheer for us and also not forgetting the fans back home.”
Semi Radradra who was awarded the Man of the Final says it was the help from his teammates that carried him through this weekend.
“It’s been a while, I find it hard today. But just the help from the boys I was hanging in there and I know we trust each other and finally we got a win.”
Meanwhile, South Africa won the silver medal while Ireland won bronze.
The last tournament will be held in Paris next weekend where the winner of the World Sevens Series will be crowned.