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Fiji 7s team defends HSBC World 7s Series title

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team has won the HSBC World 7s series trophy at Twickenham Stadium in London. Time to crown your @HSBC_Sport series winners – @fijirugby! pic.twitter.com/ndaNlO5WU0 — World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) May 22, 2016 This is the second series title for Fiji under the leadership of coach Ben Ryan. Ryan said it’s the […]

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May 23, 2016 11:00 am

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team has won the HSBC World 7s series trophy at Twickenham Stadium in London.

This is the second series title for Fiji under the leadership of coach Ben Ryan.

Ryan said it’s the first team in Fijian sevens history to win back-to-back world titles.

RYAN: “We have had an up and down day, sevens can be like that. That performance against Australia was unbelievable and it was like last year against South Africa, our defence was just fantastic. I said to the boys those tackles weren’t just tackles, they were tackles from the heart. It was a brilliant 14 minutes of rugby from the boys.”

The Vodafone 7s team celebrate their win at the London 7s. (World Rugby)
The Vodafone 7s team celebrate their win at the London 7s. (World Rugby)

Captain Osea Kolinisau said it was a tough start for the boys in the first game against England.

KOLINISAU: “We came into the series with a plan to defend it and we were just able to attack all series and attack today. Before the game against Australia, I had a chat with Ben as I was little bit anxious, but the boys delivered when it mattered most. That shows the character of the team. When it mattered most this season, the boys kept stepping up and it’s all down to teamwork throughout this year.”

Meanwhile, Jasa Veremalua was named the impact player for 2015-16 world rugby sevens series.

In a statement, Vodafone Fiji CEO Pradeep Lal said it is a fantastic feeling for the national side to win the World Series title.

LAL: “It’s awesome, it is magnificent it is an absolutely fantastic feeling for our team to finish on top of the World 7’s series for 2016. The team has proven for the two years in a row that Fiji are the King of 7s.”

“We congratulate all the players for their contribution, sacrifice and dedication throughout the season for the glory they have bestowed on our tiny nation. We also acknowledge the master tactician and coach Ben Ryan, team management and the support staff for their contribution. The team has certainly punched above its weight and delivered a very consistent performance throughout the season to come out victorious in the end.”

Fiji finished the London 7s in fourth place after losing 26-19 to USA in the third place play‑off.

South Africa beat Fiji 26-21 in the Cup semifinals.

Scotland beat USA in the second semifinal by 24-17.

In the Cup quarterfinals, Fiji beat France 40-7, USA thrashed NZ 42-14, Scotland beat England 17-0 while South Africa beat Argentina 21-19.

Scotland beat South Africa 27-26 to win their first ever title at the London 7s.

The Scotland 7s team celebrate their win at the London 7s. (World Rugby Sevens Series)
The Scotland 7s team celebrate their win at the London 7s. (World Rugby)

Fiji retained the 2015-2016 World Sevens Series title with 181 points. South Africa finished second with 171 points, New Zealand is in third place with 158 points while Australia finished in fourth place with 134 points.

The national side won the Dubai 7s, Las Vegas 7s and Hong Kong 7s this season.

Kenya beat Russia 31-7 to win the Shield final while Wales defeated Australia 24-10 to win the Bowl final.

New Zealand won the Plate final after beating Argentina 29-14.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team hammered France 40-7 in the second Cup quarterfinal of the HSBC London 7s.

Fiji led 12-7 at halftime.

The national side scored six tries to one.

Viliame Mata scored the opening try while the other tries were scored by Jerry Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Kitione Taliga, Waisea Nayacalevu and Amenoni Nasilasila.

Fiji will now play South Africa in the Cup semifinals at 1:48am tomorrow.

The Cup final will be at 4:57am tomorrow.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team has defended the HSBC World Sevens Series title after thrashing Australia 26-0 in their last pool match of the HSBC London 7s.

Kitione Taliga with the ball during the match against Australia. (Martin Lima)
Kitione Taliga with the ball during the match against Australia. (Martin Lima)

Fiji scored four tries to Australia’s none.

Fiji’s tries were scored by Samisoni Viriviri, Jerry Tuwai, Kitione Taliga while captain Osea Kolinisau scored the final try.

Fiji led 12-0 at halftime.

Fiji had lost to England 10-31 in the first pool game and later thrashed Wales 42-5.

Coach Ben Ryan was emotional and said one of their ultimate aim has now been achieved.

RYAN: “That performance against Australia was unbelievable. Our defence was just fantastic. I said to the boys, they weren’t just tackles, they were tackles from the heart. They were a brilliant 14 minutes of rugby from our boys.”

Captain Osea Kolinisau also praised the players for their effort.

KOLINISAU: “Im relieved after what happened in the first game. All the boys are happy and we made a plan that we were going to take back the series and rather than defend it. The boys delieved when it mattered most and thats the character of the team. Its all down to team work throughout this year”

“It was a tough start for the boys in the first game against England, but I am happy and the boys are happy that we managed to finish our plan.”

Fiji will face France in the Cup quarterfinal match at 10.20pm tonight.

Looking at the other Cup quarterfinals, South Africa will meet Argentina at 9.58pm tonight, USA will face New Zealand at 10.42pm while Scotland will face England at 11.04pm tonight.

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