A rampant Fiji has announced their return to the top of the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series by beating defending Series champions New Zealand (26 – 12).
Much has been made over the weekend of the Fijians’ resolution to return to the ‘old Fiji’ and the South-Sea Islanders did not disappoint.
After beating South Africa (24 – 7) in the Cup Semi-Final, Fiji set up a Final clash with DJ Forbes’ New Zealand, who beat their neighbors Australia (26 – 6).
In the final at Skilled Park it was goose-steps aplenty as Fiji set out to announce their return to the big time of Sevens Rugby.
As expected, New Zealand Tomasi Cama was named as Player of the Tournament.
Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu had this to say:
“We are disappointed that we could not protect our ball much better against Fiji, who was clearly the best side on day two. However, there were many positives over the two days for us. Robert did well in his first outing for us in two years, Chase Minnaar played for the first time in a year while Renfred Dazel is fully fit and played with no ill effects from his knee injury which has kept him out since the Las Vegas tournament last season.
“We already started much better than last season, when we somehow could not get going from the beginning – I think that is the most pleasing aspect of the weekend for us. We now have 17 points and for us that is a reasonably good start. It is a long way to go, there are eight more tournaments remaining and now we need to regroup and prepare for Dubai,” added Treu.
A more detailed report will follow soon.
It’s kava for all!
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