Fiji upset BlitzBoks in Cup Final

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South Africa capitalised in the second minute by sending Kwagga Smith for the firdst try. It then lost to Australia 33-12 in the quarter finals but then beat Scotland 33-19 for fight place semi finals.

Alosio Naduva was the hero for the Fijians, scoring a hat trick of tries.

They struck again a minute later in similar fashion to see scores 17-19 before Eroni Sau crossed over for the final try to see Fiji winning its first tournament in the ongoing series 24-19.

Up to 18 countries are reportedly bidding for 10 world series men's tournaments in 2020 and beyond.

One could argue that the two missed conversions by the Blitzboks cost them the title, as that would've given them the necessary four extra points to win the decider.

Prop forwards Curtis Lilako, Brian Nyikuli, Oliver Mang'eni and Peter Karina scored a converted try each to extend the bankers' unbeaten run to eight matches (39 points). It's really important that we keep on learning, growing and finding new ways to get better.

"I was proud of the way we defended, the way we went about our business".

Fiji and the rest of the World Series teams will now look ahead to tournaments in Las Vegas and Vancouver before April's Commonwealth Games.

He said while there are no guarantees, New Zealand was a big contributor towards the global Sevens series both in terms of having a team that participates in all of the tournaments and its success at running the event for the last 19 years, 18 of them in Wellington.

The two sides had scored a try apiece, with Kiwi captain Scott Curry's opener matched by Joe Porch's five-pointer after the break.

Shujaa finished sixth in Hamilton and collected an improved 12 points despite losing the fifth place final to a resilient Samoa who laid revenge for a 19-14 loss to the Kenyans in the group face ties.

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