Friday, 22 June, 2018

Defending champions South Africa win twice at USA Sevens

Brave Shujaa rock Fiji, cruise to Cup quarters Young's 15 lead Oklahoma past Iowa State
Becky Salazar | 07 March, 2018, 00:15

ONE OF ARGUABLY THE greatest ever tries in Sevens rugby was scored at a tournament in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Fiji maintains its third spot in the overall HSBC World Rugby 7s Series and is only seven points away from New Zealand which is in second spot.

Playing in the fifth place semifinal against Australia, Shujaa gave as good as they got, finally exiting the tournament following a 26-21 sudden death defeat after the two sides had been tied 21-21 at the close of regulation time.

Through five World Series legs there have been five different Cup winners, a point Australia coach Andy Friend focused on after his side's sixth place finish in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, the draw for the Canada Sevens, to be played at BC Place in Vancouver this weekend, was also made.

The US team have never won their home tournament. I think happy with the four out of the six games.

However, facing the reigning World Champions they trailed early on from two early blows as Siviwe Sovizwapi and then Cecil Afrika crossed for a 12-0 lead.

"We started slow but we have started picking up step by step".

The Blitzbokke have come short on four occasions now, twice losing in the final in Sydney and Hamilton while failing to go beyond the semi-finals in Cape Town and Las Vegas.

After the break, Willy Ambaka levelled the scores, but it was Argentina who had the last laugh thanks to a Renzo Barbier try with a few minutes left to the final whistle.

"It's going to be another tough tournament, it's always going to be tough out there".

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