April 30, 2018
A 90-metre tournament-winning try by Alosio Naduva after the final hooter sealed an incredible 28-22 victory for Fiji over Australia in the final of the Singapore 7s today.
The result sees Fiji take the lead in the HSBC World Series standings after they knocked out South Africa in the Cup semi-final.
Fiji (145) is now four points ahead of the Blitzboks (141) who finished in fourth place, with two tournaments remaining.
Player of the Final, Waisea Nacuqu scored a brace of tries as Fiji led 14-10 at halftime.
Captain Jerry Tuwai scored Fiji’s third try to put his side into a 21-10 lead which somewhat looked comfortable until the Aussies hit back with two tries.
John Porch had put Australia ahead for the first time in the last minute after an incredible dive in the corner.
Australia still had time for the restart and a knock-on gave possession back to the Fijians who kept their cool and found Naduva who raced all the way to the try-line to seal victory.
Captain Tuwai was speechless after the final and said Australia took them to the wire.
“Australia are a very good side but we gave everything for this final and played till the last whistle.”
“Winning this tournament will boost our morale going to London and Paris.
“To all the people in the stadium, thank you very much for the support and back home thank you very much for your prayers, support and belief in this young team.”
The next stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series is London 2-3 June.
By Reginald Chandar