Fiji claim Singapore Sevens title in late comeback

Sheila Mcguire
April 30, 2018

Fiji had arrived in Singapore looking for a third consecutive Sevens victory after winning the Vancouver and Hong Kong legs of the challenge.

Fiji's Waisea Nacuqu was named player of the final.

Fiji skipper Jerry Tuwai extended their lead to 21-10 before Australia once again hit back with a Brandon Quinn try.

But Australia finally got their hands on more of the ball and five-pointers to Dylan Pietsch and Maurice Longbottom got them back in touch, trailing 14-10 at halftime.

With the clock ticking in the second half, it appeared Australia - leading by one point - had the title in the bag, but they scuppered in the very last minute by the spirited Fijians.

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It was a cruel finish to Tim Walsh's first tournament as coach but an impressive reply following Australia's underwhelming Commonwealth Games campaign earlier this month when they finished fifth.

Kenya will now meet Pool "C" winners South Africa in the quarterfinal on Sunday at 7.52am while England take on Samoa in the other quarterfinal at 8.36am.

In a heart stopping final against Australia, Alosio Naduva scored the final try for Fiji on over time to seal the victory, 26-22.

Fiji will play South Africa in the first semifinal at 6.50pm tonight AEST.

New Zealand had earlier defeated Samoa for fifth place while United States of America claimed a dominant victory over Canada to win the Challenge Trophy.

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There are two legs of the series left- Paris and London before teams prepare for the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco on July 20-22.

In the dying seconds of last night's Singapore Sevens final at the National Stadium, Fiji turned defeat into victory, thanks to Alasio Sovita Naduva, who used his blistering pace to tip the game in their favour.

Kurt Baker took his career try tally to 100 after scoring a double in New Zealand's quarterfinal against Fiji.

This win set them up for a tough semi-final against Fiji who had dispatched New Zealand 24-19.

Oliech who missed the conversion was next on the score sheet as he sprint past the US defense to land and convert a center post try.

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