After a historic victory last weekend in Hong Kong Sevens tournament, the Fiji national sevens side today succumbed to its poor performance over the weekend games at Singapore Sevens.
Fiji had a poor start from the beginning as they lost two out of three pool matches on the first day of the Singapore tournament. Canada came to a rescue by thrashing Scotland which gave Fiji a chance to qualify for the quarterfinals on the second day.
Fiji side were left stunned after a shock 19-12 loss to Scotland in their second Pool A game. The Fijians needed to beat reigning Sevens World Series champions South Africa in their final game to ensure passage into Sunday’s quarter-finals. However this dream also came shattering down as they further went on to lose 17-7 to the Blitzboks but progressed to the Cup quarter-finals by virtue of a superior points difference to Scotland.
Fijians then defeated New Zealand in cup quarterfinals 19-5 bringing some light of hope in the Fijian camp. The light only further extended up to semi-finals where they narrowly defeated England 26 – 12.
Fiji met its pool mates South Africa in the finals who came back from the dead to pull off an astonishing 20-19 win over Fiji in the final of the HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens at the National Stadium on Sunday (April 14).
The Blitzboks had trailed Fiji, the Singapore Sevens defending champions, 19-0 at half-time.
But they rallied to score three late tries, before a penalty conversion with 10 seconds left, edged them 20-19 in front.