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HSBC Sevens World Series 2015: Fiji Beats England In Dubai Finals

In the final of the first leg of HSBC Sevens World Series held in Dubai earlier this month, Fiji beat England 28-17. England, which reached the finals after beating the United States 24-19 in the semi-finals, started off with a try by Tom Bowen, but conceded as many as 28 unanswered points by the break to the reigning Sevens World Series champions. The four-time Dubai champions replied with tries from Phil Burgess and Bowen, but could never get back into the game.
Fiji beat England for the first time in a World Sevens Series men’s final though England got off to a perfect start with Bowen chasing down a 60-yard kick by Dan Bibby and crossing the line. However, England’s hopes were quashed as succeeded in racking up four tries in a matter of just five minutes. Savenaca Rawaga, Isake Katonibau, Jasa Vermalua and Jerry Tuwai scored for Fiji. England lost the match as they committed a number of handling errors.
After the break, England regrouped and Bowen scored in his second attempt, hinting at a fight-back by England, but the Fiji team members looked confident and comfortable. Finally, when Burgess succeeded in bringing down the arrears to some extent, only 40 seconds of the game was remaining.
Simon Amor, England coach, said that while his team had exhausted all its resources, Fiji team was looking very dangerous. Fiji retained ball possession so well that England was just left high and dry.
In the Dubai Sevens championship, the United States (31) beat New Zealand (14) for the third place. South Africa succeeded in winning the Plate when they beat Australia in the Plate final thriller with a score of 19 to 14 in extra time. In the Bowl final, France won 24-14 against Scotland.
More than 100,000 fans from around the world gathered at the Sevens stadium to witness the games of 28 international teams that competed in the first leg of the men’s and women’s HSBC Sevens World Series 2015.