Inspired South Africa clinch USA Sevens title

(IRB.COM) Sunday 13 February 2011
 
 Inspired South Africa clinch USA Sevens title
South Africa triumphed in Las Vegas to land their first HSBC Sevens World Series Cup title since Adelaide 2009 - Photo: IRB/Martin Seras Lima

South Africa have overcome Fiji 24-14 to win the USA Sevens in Las Vegas and take their first Cup title on the World Series since April 2009.

The South Africans won a superb opening victory on day two against joint Series leaders England in the Cup semi finals at the Sam Boyd Stadium and then proved too strong for Fiji in a pulsating final.

With Cecil Afrika back from injury and at his inspirational best, the Springbok Seven were 19-0 to the good inside five minutes after tries by Afrika, Chris Dry and Branco du Preez.

Watisoni Votu hit back for Fiji before the break and Matieli Nacagilevu's try made it 19-14 in the second half, but Bernardo Botha's score made the victory safe for Paul Treu's men.

As a result of their win in Las Vegas, South Africa claim 24 points towards the HSBC Sevens World Series. They remain in fifth place on 56 but close the gap on leaders England and New Zealand (80) as well as Samoa and Fiji (64).

Defending USA Sevens and World Series champions Samoa beat Kenya to win the Plate, Scotland won their second Bowl of the season against Canada and hosts USA took home silverware beating Japan 19-12 in the final.

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Defending champs win Plate

Samoa could not defend their Cup title at the USA Sevens but took home the Plate after a 26-15 victory against Kenya.

Fautua Otto (2), Alatasi Tupou and Afa Aiono helped Stephen Betham's side record the win, with Humphrey Kayange, Sidney Ashioya and Collins Injera all adding to an enthralling final in front of a partisan crowd.

The Africa side dramatically came from 7-0, 14-12 and 21-17 behind to clinch their place in the final after a 24-21 victory over Micheal O'Connor's Australa in the first semi final.

Australia captain Bernard Foley scored twice and John Grant added his 15th try of the season but they could not prevent Injera scoring for his eighth and ninth tries of the 2011 USA Sevens, the latter coming after the buzzer had sounded to the delight of the partisan crowd.

Defending World Series champions Samoa reached the Plate final after a 26-14 victory over Argentina. Diego Palma had given Los Pumas 7-0 lead but tries from Otto (2), Uale Mai and Aiono ensured they reached the final.

Scotland win second Bowl

Two tries from Ross Samson and one from captain Scott Riddell gave Scotland their second Bowl title of the season despite two tries from Canada captain Nathan Hirayama in a 19-14 victory.

The victory gives them four Seires points and they reached the final after a dramatic 17-12 victory against rivals Wales in the semis. Struan Dewar crossed after the buzzer had sounded to clinch their place in their second Bowl final this season - their first was at the 2010 South Africa Sevens in George.

Canada were the first side through to the Bowl final after beating France 22-14. Chauncey O'Toole, Justin Mensah-Coker, Ciaran Hearn and Conor Trainor ensured their passage to the final, but were unable to defeat Graham Shiel's side in the final.

Silverware for hosts after Shield victory

USA won the Shield final after beating Japan 19-12. Zach Test scored twice and captain Matt Hawkins once as the hosts gave the home crowd at the Sam Boyd Stadium something to cheer.

Earlier they scored five tries during their 27-7 victory against Uruguay. Colin Hawley (2), Marco Barnard, Paul Emerick and Miles Craigwell all crossed for Al Caravelli's side.

Japan had reached the final after beating Guyana 24-7 thanks to two tries from Lepuha Latulla.

Las Vegas Sevens

Round 4
24-26 Jan 2014

Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
City: Las Vegas
Capacity: 36,800

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
CAN37
KEN35
WAL33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
AUS37
FIJ35
SCO33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
SAM39
ENG37
POR35
URU33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
FRA39
ARG37
USA35
ESP33
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Photos
  • Cecil Afrika
  • South Africa won the USA Sevens
  • Zack Test, USA