South Africa came from behind to beat Fiji 29-24 thanks to an extra-time try in the Los Angeles final staged at Dignity Park.
SA rose from a 19-7 trail at half time to tie the game at 24-24 and sent it to extra time. The two sides had faced off in the Sydney 7s final where Fiji won 12-10. Heading to this, they were seeking the second straight win while South Africa needed to revenge the loss.
Fiji started off impressively and Vilimoni Botitu scored the opening try after Aminiasi Tuimaba’s offload. Napolioni Bolaca added the extras.
The World 7s Series holders would regain possession after South Africa’s attempt to gain ground from a penalty failed to hit touch but fell into a Fijian back’s hands. They quickly launched an attack and Sevuloni Mocenacagi scored the second try as Bolaca added the two’s.
Bolaca was able to beat his markers on the left, minutes later and crossed over for Fiji’s third. Stedman Gans trimmed the points after scoring a converted try for SA before halftime.
Selvyn Davids forced his way to the try box for SA’s second try in the second half while Jerry Tuwai scored at the other end for a 24-12 lead. The exchange of tries continued as Chris Dry scored the third try for South Africa.
Branco Du Preez cut the gap to two points after Waisea Nacuqu was sent off for after a yellow card following a high tackle. Du Preez converted his own try to tie the scores at 24-24 and send the clash to extra time.’