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Fiji lift Dubai Rugby Sevens crown

Fiji lift Dubai Rugby Sevens crown

DUBAI: Fiji beat England 28-17 in a thrilling final to emerge winners in the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series held at the Dubai Rugby 7s ground on Saturday.

 

By winning the final, the reigning World Sevens Series champions Fiji claimed the second Dubai title after tasting success in 2013.

 

The win puts coach Ben Ryan’s side on top of the series standings with 22 points, ahead of England (19), US (17) and New Zealand (15).

 

The four-time winners England started the final well and took a 7-0 lead but Fiji managed to turn the tables through four unanswered tries and gained the upper hand with the scoreline of 28-7 at half-time.

 

Savenaca Rawaca, Jasa Veremalua, Jerry Tuwai and Isake Katonibau scored the crucial tries for Fiji.

 

England scored first in the second half to reduce the deficit but could only add one more try to their score as Fiji sealed the crown with a 28-17 win.

 

Earlier, Fiji beat Australia 19-12 in the quarter-finals, and New Zealand 19-5 in the semi-finals respectively.

 

England twice came from behind to overcome the US 24-19 in the semis. They thumped Australia 21-5 in the quarters-finals.

 

The US finished third after defeating New Zealand 31-12.  The US stunned the defending champion South Africa 21-19 in the quarter-finals.

 

South Africa had to settle for the Plate crown after beating Australia 19-14 in sudden death extra time of the Plate final. France beat Scotland 24-14 to win the Bowl title. Canada claimed the Shield title with a 19-17 win over Japan.

 

Posted on 2015-12-07 10:41:06
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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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