Fiji thrash Kiwis for title

2012-10-14 12:18
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Gold Coast, Australia - Alipate Raitini scored three tries as Fiji overwhelmed New Zealand 32-14 on Sunday to win the Gold Coast Sevens, the first leg of the International Rugby Board's Sevens World Series.

Raitini touched down twice in the first half as Fiji dashed to a 17-7 half-time lead and completed his hat trick less than a minute into the second spell, sealing his team's win.

Joji Baleviani Raqamate, Ilai Tinai and Levani Botia also scored for Fiji, who won by six tries to two. New Zealand, who won the World Series last year for the 10th time, scored a try in each half through Tim Mikkelson and Kylem O'Donnell.

Both Fiji and New Zealand dropped a match in pool play on Saturday but rallied to win their quarter-finals and semi-finals, setting up Sunday's final showdown.

Results from the second day of the Gold Coast Sevens, the opening leg of the IRB's Sevens World Series, on Sunday:



Fiji 32 New Zealand 14

Third place playoff

South Africa 41 Kenya 7

Plate final

Argentina 14 France 7

Bowl final

Spain 19 England 14

Shield final

Scotland 40 USA 5

Cup semi-finals

New Zealand 15 Kenya 5
Fiji 21 South Africa 10

Plate semi-finals

Argentina 17 Australia 14
France 21 Samoa 7

Bowl semi-finals

Spain 26 Wales 17
England 24 Canada 19

Shield semi-finals

Scotland 33 Portugal 0
USA 33 Tonga 26

Cup quarter-finals

South Africa 26 France 14
Fiji 19 Samoa 7
New Zealand 12 Argentina 7
Kenya 21 Australia 14

Bowl quarter-finals

Canada 31 Portugal 0
England 35 Scotland 7
Wales 27 USA 19
Spain 24 Tonga 7

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