For the first time during the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series each of the Oceania teams were in separate pools and did not meet in the finals campaigns. This did not stop Fiji in a dominate run to claim victory and the Canada Sevens Cup.
Fiji overcame the Canadian winter with a clean sweep of wins against Spain (45-5), France (38-7), Kenya (24-21), Argentina (43-7), South Africa (12-15) to set up a meeting with fellow Pool C draw Kenya in the Cup Final in Vancouver this weekend.
Whilst Kenya were quick to score against a shocked Fijian outfit the Oceania Sevens Champs were quick to respond equalling the score straight from the restart. Late tries to both teams just before half time kept the scores locked at 12 apiece. Fiji came out strong in the second half posting the first points care of Sevuloni Mocenacagi which was quickly followed by Alasio Naduva, the final score seeing Fiji win 31-12. Adding to the celebrations for Fiji was the naming of Sevuloni Mocenacagi as player of the final.
Top Pool finishes wasn’t enough to get New Zealand and Australia into the medals. Australia finished 6th after wins against Uruguay (50-17) and USA (21-31) and a draw against Canada (19-19) in the pool round before a loss to South Africa (19-24) in the Cup Quarter Finals a close win against Argentina (28-24) and a tough loss to England (14-31) in the 5th place play off.
New Zealand ended the weekend in 7th place after strong pool matches winning against Scotland (31-26), Russia (31-5), South Africa (14-33) on day one. A loss to USA (0-17) on Day 2 in the Cup Quarter Finals put the medals out of reach and a close loss against England (17-21) wasn’t enough to set up a meeting with Australia.
Manu Samoa had a case of déjà vu this finishing 13th, at the Vancouver 7’s this weekend, for the second time in as many tournaments. Convincing wins against England (5-21) and Wales (10-28) and a loss to Argentina (22-7) in the pool rounds put Samoa into the Challenge Trophy Quarter Final to face Spain. Unable to score against Spain (0-24) saw Samoa then post two more wins against Uruguay (14-45) and home side Canada (15-21) to secure 13th place.
After 6 rounds of the HSBC Sevens Series the Oceania Teams continue to cement their placings in the top 10 with Fiji, New Zealand and Australia placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively and Samoa in 9th place.
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