BlitzBoks face Fiji in Cup Final

BlitzBoks face Fiji in Cup Final

Olympic champions Fiji delivered their best performance in almost two years as they beat the Blitzboks 24-17 in the final of the Hamilton leg of the World Sevens Series on Sunday.

England Sevens finished joint seventh at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton after the knockout stages.

As it turned out that was Australia's final score in the match even though they started the second half with a one-man advantage.

Dunbar said World Rugby had confirmed next year's tournament - the second of a two-year contract with Hamilton - would be staged slightly earlier, on January 26-27.

South Africa did enough to beat Australia in their semifinal and book a place against Fiji in the Cup Final.

They took full advantage of their reprieve by beating hosts New Zealand 14-12 in the semi-finals to set up a clash with South Africa.

The bronze medal battle ended in a dramatic fashion, with Australia captain James Stannard's penalty after the final siren proving the match-winner. It's really important that we keep on learning, growing and finding new ways to get better.

Rows of empty seats had to be swept
KELLY HODEL STUFF Rows of empty seats had to be swept

Coach Neil Powell's team lead the Sevens World Series at the halfway mark.

"Over the past few years we have held several major worldwide sporting fixtures, and successfully delivering our HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament this weekend has enhanced our reputation as a "can do" city when it comes to these big events", Mayor King says.

Today is the second and final day of the event.

McConnochie got England's day off and running as he crossed for the first of two tries against Russian Federation inside the first minute in a 47-0 win, with 19-year-old Ryan Olowofela also scoring twice in that match - his first every tries at the World Series.

Meanwhile Papua New Guinea showed strong improvement from Sydney, thrashing France 35-0 0 before being outgunned 42-12 against the United States to finish a credible 11th.

Four minutes later, Naduva, the man in the only green boots in the final, ran around the Blitzboke defence to level scores 5-all.

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