The USA team celebrate after winning the London Sevens tournament in the World Sevens Series. Photo: Planet Rugby
The USA claimed the London Sevens title while Fiji were crowned overall World Series champions after the final leg of the season over the weekend.
Mike Friday’s side beat Australia 45-22 to complete a stunning day, having earlier crushed England and Canada to reach the final.
Australia had impressed up until the final, comfortably seeing off first Scotland and then Fiji, but they had no answer against the Americans.
With their combination of sprint duo Perry Baker and Carlin Isles, as well as former Fiji age group player Andrew Durutalo, they were a class above everyone else at Twickenham, claiming their first Sevens World Series title as a result. Continue reading
Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU
In a pulsating men’s final New Zealand took the early lead but Fiji responded with some dazzling play to wrest back the initaitive with a converted try to make it 7-5 at half-time. Then converted tries to Vatemo Ravouvou and Fiji 400-metre sprinter Niko Verekauta broke the game apart for Fiji whose defence and all round play was too strong for New Zealand.
Fiji captain Nasoni Roko was delighted with the result, “We worked very hard this week to ensure we were ready and coach Ben Ryan has done a good job with the boys. We knew New Zealand would be very physical and they are always hard to beat. Luckily we have some good talent and in Niko we have some very fast speed out wide.”