FIJI RUGBY TEAM WINS EDINBURGH SEVENS

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Defeats defending world champs South Africa

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 1, 2-009) – Fiji inched ahead of IRB 7s World Series Champion South Africa 20-19 to snatch the Edinburgh Sevens title and second spot in the overall standings.

Emosi Vucago grounded the game's first try but the South Africans responded with a converted score to lead 7-5.

Unrattled, the hardworking pair Pio Tuwai and Osea Kolinisau each broke the Boks' defence 15-7 just before the break.

In the second half, skipper Vereniki Goneva ran in for another to secure Fiji's lead 20-7.

To the credit of the South Africans, just as the game looked to have been sealed, they ran in two more tries (Gio Aplon, Renfred Dazel).

But Fiji hung on to achieve their goal of leapfrogging England (98) to secure the No.2 spot in the overall standings with 102 points.

In the other competitions, New Zealand slaughtered Australia for the Plate 34-12, England beat France 26-15 for the Bowl and USA edged Canda 12-10 for the Shield.

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