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Cape Town Sevens: Fiji blow away USA to win title; South Africa edge New Zealand for bronze

Fiji put in a vintage display to blow away the USA 29-15 for the South Africa Sevens title in Cape Town on Sunday.

Mistakes, ill-discipline and fatigue put paid to the Eagles’ hopes of a first triumph here, as Fiji ran in four unanswered tries before the USA even got on the scoreboard.

There were doubles for Kalione Nasoko and Valimoni Botitu, with one try for Sevuloni Mocenacagi. Another Pinkelman score and a trademark Carlin Isles effort late on made the scoreline a little more respectable for Mike Friday’s men.

It was Fiji’s first title in South Africa since 2005, and their first ever in Cape Town.

“It’s been a long time coming here for the Fijians to win in Cape Town,” Fiji coach Gareth Baber told World Rugby Sevens. “We were disappointed last week that we didn’t manage to perform to the levels that we did this week.

“That’s what makes me most proud, that these boys have done everything for their families back home, the country of Fiji and their Lord.

“It’s great, Fijian fans are everywhere in the world we travel. We say a big thank you to all those people who make such an effort to come and support us.

“We’ve had some battles here this weekend, most notably probably South Africa in that semi-final. But all credit to all the players and staff that are concerned with our team, they’ve manned up.”

 

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