Monday, March 30, 2009
Fiji won a dramatic final 26-24 against South Africa to claim their first Hong Kong Sevens title in ten years on Sunday. The game went right down to the final kick in one of the more exciting finals weve seen.
It was Fiji who dominated the first half with all the flair and power were used to seeing from them, but South Africa came back strong, fighting till the death.
It was a slightly new look Fijian squad at this years tournament, as many of the overseas players were axed following a poor showing at the Sevens World Cup in Dubai. But the selections paid dividends as they proved their naysayers wrong.
"Back home we were written off by our fans but it worked in our favour," Fijis coach Iliesa Tanivula said.
"There were no expectations. It gave us motivation to do better. Fijians around the world didn't give us a chance but all credit to the boys, I take my hat off to them."
South Africa scored after the hooter, setting up a conversion kick for captain Mzwandile Stick that would have tied the game and taken it into sudden death extra time.
The kick went wide though, and it was not to be for the South Africans this time, as Fiji celebrated a fantastic win.
They now move up to third on the Sevens World Series standings, behind South Africa and England.