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Fiji champions of London

Sun, 13 May 2012 00:00
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The Fijians stormed to the London title to cap a season of achievement for them, matching New Zealand's three Cup titles and underlining just how tight things are at the top of the Sevens game.

The New Zealanders sealed a 10th Series title with a ruthless 36-0 quarterfinal win against South Africa, but fell to a brilliant Fijian performance in the semifinal. However, the New Zealanders recovered to end the season on a high note, beating Argentina in the playoff for bronze.

Samoa reached the final after a hard fought 21-19 triumph over Argentina in the second semifinal to make it an all-pacific island affair, but couldn't match Fiji in the finale of the sevens season.

We look at all the Day Two drama!

CUP COMPETITION

Final:

Fiji 38-15 Samoa

Third-place play-off:

New Zealand 40-0 Argentina

Semifinals:

Results:
Argentina 19-21 Samoa
New Zealand 7-31 Fiji

Quarterfinals:

Ardie Savea and captain DJ Forbes both scored twice in their victory against defending London Sevens champions South Africa.

On day one Forbes scored his 100th World Series try, whilst Lote Raikabula plays in his 50th tournament and Tomasi Cama and Frank Halai are both in the running for the IRB Sevens Player of the Year 2012.

Tokyo Sevens champions Australia were beaten by Argentina in the third Cup quarterfinal, with Los Pumas reaching the Cup semis for only the second time this season.

Samoan flyer Tom Iosefo ended Spain's fairytale when he scored his seventh and eighth tries of the tournament for Samoa in their 22-7 victory against Spain.

Results:
Samoa 22-7 Spain
Australia 7-12 Argentina
Fiji 21-14 England
New Zealand 36-0 South Africa

PLATE  COMPETITION

Dan Bibby missed a conversion and a penalty drop-goal in the second half of the Plate final, allowing Australia to hang on to a 14-12 victory over the hosts and collect 13 Series points. But Mat Turner's try in the final put him one ahead of teammate Dan Norton as the season's leading try scorer.

Final:

England 12-14 Australia

Semifinals:

England reached the Plate final after a Mat Turner try and Tom Mitchell conversion clinched a late 17-15 victory against South Africa. The Blitzbokke had held a five point lead with time up on the clock, but England refused to give up and ran the ball from behind their own tryline to progress to the final.

They will play Australia in the final after the Tokyo Sevens winners overturned a 12-5 half-time deficit to beat the tournament surprise package Spain 17-12 in the semi.

Results:
Australia 17-12 Spain
South Africa 17-19 England

BOWL COMPETITION

Twelve points from Alex Walker hands Wales a 27-5 victory against Scotland in the Bowl, as the reigning RWC Sevens champions collect eight points for the Series.

Final:

Wales 27-5 Scotland

Semifinals:

Two second half tries, one after the final buzzer had sounded, from Dan Fish booked Wales' place in the Bowl final after a 28-26 victory against Portugal.

They will face Scotland following their 31-19 victory against Zimbabwe in the second semi final thanks to two tries from Michael Fedo.

Results:
Scotland 31-19 Zimbabwe
Portugal 26-28 Wales

Quarterfinals:

Carl Murray scored twice for Portugal in the day's opening match against RWC Sevens 2013 hosts Russia. The sides last met in the core team qualifying quarter final in Hong Kong, with Portugal narrowly winning 17-10 on their way to claiming one of the three places for next season's Series, and recorded a 24-17 victory in London.

Eleven points from Alex Walker helped Wales beat USA 28-19 in the second Bowl quarter, entering this competition having lost to Spain and Fiji on day one.

In the third match Scotland beat crowd favourites Kenya 21-5 before Dubai Sevens runners-up France suffered a 19-17 defeat to Zimbabwe with Jacques Leitao scoring the winning try.

Results:
France 17-19 Zimbabwe
Scotland 21-5 Kenya
Wales 28-19 USA
Russia 17-24 Portugal

SHIELD COMPETITION

France claimed the Shield with a tough victory of the United States.

Final:

USA 12-19 France

Semifinals:

Nick Edwards score two of USA's six tries as they beat Russia 38-12 in the first semi final.They will play France following a 17-14 victory against Kenya for Les Bleus.

Results:
Kenya 14-17 France
Russia 12-38 USA

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