London - Fiji were crowned the 2014/15 Sevens World Series champions after
beating South Africa 19-7 in the quarter-finals of the London Sevens on
The Pacific Islanders, long renowned for their skills in
the abbreviated form of the game, came into the concluding London leg of
this season's championship with 147 points in the overall standings,
with South Africa second on 142.
After both sides won through to
the quarter-finals on Sunday, that meant a Fijian victory over the
Blitzboks at Twickenham would give them the title.
scored two tries and captain Osea Kolinisau also crossed South Africa's
line as Fiji posted a victory at Twickenham that gave them their second
World Series title and first since 2006.
Their success also made Fiji the first country other than New Zealand to win the Sevens World Series since 2010.
you very much for supporting the team," Kolinisau told the World Rugby
"To be only the second Fijian team to win the title is a great
"We are really thankful that we have finished the series, it has been a tough journey all along."
won four Cup titles in the previous eight rounds, Fiji will face
Australia in the London semi-finals as they look to finish the season
with a flourish.
Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand and England, on
behalf of Great Britain, have all qualified automatically for next
year's inaugural Olympic Sevens in Rio, together with hosts Brazil,
after finishing in the top four of this season's World Series.