Sevens

Fiji crowned champions in Glasgow

2015-05-10 21:08
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Glasgow - The Springbok Sevens team lost their overall HSBC Sevens World Series lead to Fiji in Glasgow on Sunday after only managing in winning the Plate Final of the Scotland Sevens at Scotstoun Stadium.

South Africa, who had a four point lead on Fiji coming into the penultimate tournament of the series, suffered a 15-0 defeat against the Pacific Islanders team in the Cup quarterfinals in their first match today.

The defeat pushed them into the Plate section, where wins over Australia (21-12) and Scotland (12-10) resulted in them winning that competition and 13 tournament points.

Fiji went on to win the final and overhauled South Africa and now lead them by five with the last tournament of the 2014/15 series being played at Twickenham in London next weekend.

New Zealand, who started the tournament nine points adrift of the Springbok Sevens also clawed back that lead and will be going to England three points behind the Blitzboks.

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell expressed disappointed on the Fiji result, but was happy in the way the team responded by beating Australia and Scotland to claim the maximum points available and win the Plate.

"It was a massive game for us against Fiji and the result did not go our way and that was disappointing. There was a lot in that match and we could not pull it through. We needed to beat them to stay top of the log and unfortunately we could not do that. The guys came back well though and we did well in the remaining two matches," Powell said.

"We managed to beat Australia and also played well against Scotland, especially in that second half of the final, where we had to defend for a long time."

The coach admitted on the team not having the best of weekends in Scotland.

"It felt like we could not get out of the blocks on day one. It did not help that we suffered early injuries like losing Philip (Snyman) the day before the tournament and then Cecil (Afrika) yesterday. Against Fiji we could not keep the ball and although we defended well, paid the price.”

Powell warns all is not lost.

“We are still in it and nothing has changed in our aim to win the overall series. We will have a look where we can improve and work on before London. Our goal here was to stretch the lead against Fiji and we could not do that. Going to London we will have it all to do. We need to get the confidence of the players up so that they can go out and play.”

Powell will have an injury assessment of the squad on Monday and will then make a call on any injury replacements if needed.

The coach congratulated the squad who have qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio with a guaranteed top four finish.

“It is great to qualify, that was our first and foremost goal for the year and it is a tremendous achievement for us.”

Top 5 in latest standings:

Fiji - 147

South Africa - 142

New Zealand - 139

England - 117

Australia - 101

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