South Africa Blitzboks win Singapore Sevens

New Zealand's Tim Mikkelson takes it to Japan in the opening match of the Singapore Sevens tournament

New Zealand's Tim Mikkelson takes it to Japan in the opening match of the Singapore Sevens tournament

But the Africans hit back with 20 unanswered second half points to claim the final.

The Gareth Baber-coached side took a commanding 19-0 lead into half time with tries from Aminiasi Tuimaba, Napolioni Ratu and Vilimoni Botitu. Fiji also lost to Scotland and only just scraped through to the final.

Fiji cracked under that pressure and gave away a penalty inside their own 22-metre line, which Selvyn Davids converted to give his side an impressive come from behind win. The series will next head to London (May 25-26) before the finale in Paris (June 1-2).

Player of the final Angelo Davids cuts through the Fiji defence.

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Meanwhile Samoa continued their strong form, beating New Zealand 19-17 in the fifth place playoff, having made the Cup quarter finals for the fourth tournament running.

They scored a total of 7 tries.

South Africa then swept aside Samoa in the quarter-final before another dominant display against the United States of America in the semi-final to set up a final against the Islanders.

Fiji gained the restart back and charged down the right flank but Tuimaba kicked the ball ahead and South Africa, the defending World Rugby Sevens series champions, won the chase to secure their first victory in a final against the Islanders after three previous defeats.

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