South Afican players celebrate at Singapore 7s. Photo Courtesy/Blitzboks

South Africa stage comeback to beat Fiji in Singapore 7s finals


South Africa staged a comeback to beat Singapore 7s holders Fiji 20-19 in the finals played at the National Stadium in Singapore on Sunday.

After two minutes of the play, Fiji opened the scores with Aminiasi Tuimaba sprinting to ground the ball for a converted try for his side.  Napolioni Bolaca added their second try after diving over the left side for a 12-0 lead.

Vilimoni Botitu ensured a comfortable lead for the Oceanians after going over for their third try.

In the closing half, Kurt-Lee Arendse scored for South Africa before teenager Angelo Davids latched on a kick by South Africa to add SA’s second third try.

Aminiasi Tuimaba was yellow carded after a late challenge on Davis as he scored and Fiji were reduced to six men.

Ryan Oosthuizen ‘s try brought his side just a point behind Fiji and send the game to a tense mode. In the dying minutes, South Africa earned a penalty and Davis decided to go for three points which saw them lead 20-19.

Fiji tried to win it at the last minute but Tuimaba lost possession as he tried to kick and chase.  SA won the ball and kicked out to win.

CUP FINAL

South Africa 20-19 Fiji

BRONZE FINAL

USA 7-28 England

5TH PLACE PLAY-OFF

Samoa 19-17 New Zealand

CHALLENGE TROPHY FINAL

Scotland 19 – 22 France

13TH PLACE PLAY-OFF

Spain 5 – 21 Kenya

CUP SEMI-FINALS

South Africa 24 – 12 USA

Fiji 26 – 12 England

5TH PLACE SEMIFINAL

Samoa 14 – 12 Argentina

New Zealand 27 – 22 Australia

CHALLENGE TROPHY SEMIFINALS

Scotland 33 – 12 Wales

Canada 12 – 19 France

13TH PLACE SEMIFINAL

Spain 38 – 12 Hong Kong

Japan 24 – 31 Kenya

CUP QUARTER FINALS

South Africa 21 – 12 Samoa

USA 12- 10 Argentina

New Zealand 5 – 19 Fiji

Australia 19 – 31 England

CHALLENGE TROPHY QUARTER FINALS

Scotland 38 – 10 Spain

Wales 19 – 17 Hong Kong

Japan 14 – 33 Canada

France 24 – 14 Kenya 7s

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