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Saturday, June 06, 2009

South Africa win the IRB Sevens World Series, Fiji win Edinburgh leg

South Africa win the IRB Sevens World Series, Fiji win Edinburgh leg

Last weekend South Africa captured the much coveted title of IRB Sevens World Series champions. They secured the title on the Saturday, with Fiji narrowly beating them in the final on the Sunday, as they themselves picked up the Edinburgh Sevens title.

Fiji moved into second place in the final standings, but still 30 points behind South Africa. The Boks finished the season on 132 points, ahead of Fiji on 102, England on 98, New Zealand on 88, Argentina on 68, and Kenya on 64.

South Africa picked up impressive wins on the first day at Murrayfield, easily beating France, USA, and then last seasons Series winners New Zealand.

They now hold the titles of World Champions in both 15 a side rugby and Sevens the first time the two trophies have been held simultaneously by one nation.

"It's an unbelievable feeling for me, I can can only imagine how the players are feeling," said coach Paul Treu.

"I don't think the guys even realise what they've achieved as a team. Maybe when they're 30 years old or sitting at home when they're old and looking back on their careers, this is definitely going to be one of the highlights.

In the Final of the tournament, Fiji pipped South Africa in a thrilling match in which they dominated for large periods. The Boks came back well, but Fiji held on and took the title of Edinburgh Sevens winners for 2009.

Posted at 10:46 am | 9 comments

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Hackney Griffin June 06, 2009 11:01 am

About time 7s was played at the Olympics isn't it? While it's a shame England didn't manage to make a more dramatic end of it, it's great to see Kenya emerging as a serious side. And great to see a constant changing of the dominant side. There seems little to choose from among the top 4 or 5 7s nations, with teams like Australia, Wales and other emerging nations all capable of winning tournaments. IRB have done a terrific job of growing the game. Let's hope they can start achieving the same kind of success with the women's side now.

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 11:45 am

is Sean Lamont not playing 15s for Scotland anymore? or has he just gone to 7s until Scottish 15s starts again?

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 12:21 pm

Damn! only 3rd comment

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MadMax June 06, 2009 12:32 pm

The Fiji try against Wales was a beauty!

7's is awesome!

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 8:56 pm

Fuckin awesome! 5th comment! In your face haters!! This is the proudest moment of my life. Id like to thank my parents first of all. Goes without saying without them i wouldnt be here. Id like to thank God, I love you big guy. Id then like to thank Gordon Brown and MTV. No particular reason, id just like to thank them

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famous June 07, 2009 1:09 am

Anonymous said...
Fuckin awesome! 5th comment! In your face haters!! This is the proudest moment of my life. Id like to thank my parents first of all. Goes without saying without them i wouldnt be here. Id like to thank God, I love you big guy. Id then like to thank Gordon Brown and MTV. No particular reason, id just like to thank them.

... and a huge thanks to you too Anonymous for taking the 5th comment and giving me the chance to snatch the much coveted and highly prized 6th comment position .. my life is now complete and I thank all those that you thanked as well as all those folk who were so supportive during my struggle to achieve this .. I love you all! Sorry if I'm getting a little emotional here.

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Anonymous June 07, 2009 4:24 am

fiji was briallant in this tournament...that tall guy,tuwai i think was awesome with his try against nz in the quarters.

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Anonymous June 07, 2009 12:58 pm

female reporter doesn't have a clue whats going on. women!

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sarcas June 07, 2009 8:32 pm

@second comment - Sean has been out for a large part of this season due to injury, and so missed the 6 nations.

After coming back from injury, he's played well for Northampton, and would be in the mix for Scottish selection. His move to Llaneli next season could be interesting in this regard.

For the 7s - interestingly, he was called up when Thom Evans (who had been asked to take part before hand) had to pull out due to injury.

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