SA claim USA Sevens title

2011-02-14 07:51

Las Vegas – South Africa scored three tries in the first five minutes before going on to beat Fiji 24-14 to claim the USA Sevens.

Cecil Afrika, Chris Dry and Branco du Preez gave South Africa a 19-0 lead at Sam Boyd Stadium yesterday before Watisoni Votu scored for Fiji in the eight minute.

Fiji’s Matieli Nacagilevu crossed in the 44th minute to make it 19-14, but Bernardo Botha’s try sealed the win for South Africa four minutes later.

Earlier, South Africa beat joint series leader England 17-10 in the Cup semifinals, while Fiji thrashed New Zealand 26-7.

Defending USA Sevens and World Series champion Samoa beat Kenya to win the Plate, while Scotland won its second Bowl of the season against Canada.

Host the United States won the Shield with a 19-12 victory over Japan.

The win was South Africa’s first Cup title in the World Series since April 2009. England and New Zealand lead the current series by 16 points from Samoa and Fiji after four stages.

South Africa is eight points further back in fifth.

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