Fiji takes the Cup in Vegas
Fiji repeated as USA Sevens Cup Champions as they defeated the Australia Wallabies 21-15. They scored all three of their tries and conversions in the second half to win the match.
Australia dominated the first half of play, keeping the ball in the Fiji 22 for much of the half. A couple nice phases put Sam Myers over the line to get the scoring started. On the next play, Fiji’s Vatemo Ravouvou received his second yellow card of the tournament for throwing a player to the ground. The restart from that put Ed Jenkins over on a bounding run. The Wallabies would add one more try before the half’s end thanks to a Cameron Clark run. Australia was up 15-0 at the halftime break.
The Wallabies could have put the match out of reach very early in the second half, as they were pressuring on the doorstep, but knocked on before they could go over. That’s when the entire match shifted. Off the ensuing scrum, Kitione Taliga turned on the jets and went coast to coast for Fiji’s first try of the match. That cut the Australia lead to 15-7. The Wallabies tried to fend off Fijian momentum, and got back on the attack, but Quade Cooper coughed up the ball, leading to yet another Taliga try to get Fiji within one point.
With just minutes remaining, Australia nearly put the match out of reach again, and came within a meter of the try line before Cooper coughed up the ball again. Fiji moved the ball back outside, and Savenaca Rawaca scored to give Fiji the lead for good. In the dying seconds, Australia brought the ball past the Fiji 22, but a knock on sealed their loss.
This is Fiji’s second Cup win on the 2015-16 Sevens circuit, and Australia’s second consecutive runner-up finish. Fiji will remain atop the World Rugby Sevens Series table with five stops remaining.