Title race

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Standing after the Singapore 7s. Picture: FTO

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team is in tight title race with South Africa in the 2017/2018 HSBC World Sevens Series after the side defeated Blitzbokke in the semi-final of the Singapore 7s last night.

The Jerry Tuwai-captained side won 12-10 in tightly contested match with very less ball possession, but the Fijians played smart rugby to outclass South Africans and book a place in the final.

After last night’s final, round 9 of the series will take place in London June 2-3 and followed by the Paris June 9-10.

Coach Gareth Baber was impressed with the players performance and said his players were working very hard.

“The players are working very hard and they need to focus on the individual games to win the title,” he told World Rugby.

“I am proud the way we showed disciplined in the matches and we want to finish it off on top.”

South Africa’s points were scored in the first half through Werner Kok and speedster Siviwe Soyizwapi touched down for a controversial try.

Fiji fought gallantly for possession and Alosio Naduva broke the South African defence and scored in the flank. Waisea Nacuqu was pulled being pulled back by Cecil Afrika from a kick and chase. The South African playmaker was yellow carded.

Wing Eroni “The Sledgehammer” Sau stormed his way to the tryline to level the score 10-all and Ameoni Nasilasila converted it for the win.

With 22 seconds left Nasilasila was yellow carded but the Fijians held their grounds with tight defence.

Fiji was scheduled to play Australia who defeated England in the second semifinal 15-7 when this edition went to press.

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