Fiji win Adelaide Sevens

Fiji won the first Adelaide Sevens beating Samoa 21-7 in the final to stretch their lead to 10 points over their closest rivals in the race to the IRB Sevens World Series crown.

Fiji won the first Adelaide Sevens beating Samoa 21-7 in the final to stretch their lead to 10 points over their closest rivals in the race to the IRB Sevens World Series crown.

For the fourth consecutive event the two South Sea island nations clashed in the final and, after their reverse in Hong Kong, the Fijians this time prevailed in front of over 13,000 passionate fans.

Defending Series champions Fiji now have 104 points, 10 clear of Samoa on 94 and 14 more than New Zealand going into the final two events in London and Edinburgh.

Earlier in the tournament, Kenya scored a shock 17-12 victory over England to win through to their first ever IRB Sevens World Series semi-final and although they lost to the Samoans they take 12 points from an IRB Sevens event for the first time.

In the other semi final New Zealand led Fiji for much of the game before the brilliant William Ryder stole the show at the death.

Wales took the bowl title with a 26-14 win against Tonga with two tries by Jamie Roberts and one each for Lee Williams and Jonathan Edwards. Tonga’s tries in the final were both scored by Vungakoto Lilo.

Canada finished the Adelaide tournament on a high, beating Japan 43-17 to take the Shield title.

Leading 17-5 at the break following tries by Akio Tyler, Dave Moonlight and Neil Meechan, Shane Thompson’s men cut loose in the second half to score four more to Japan’s two. Philip Mack, Tyler, Moonlight and Ben Grant all scored for the Canucks while Yamamoto and Nakazono added to Suzuki’s first half effort for Japan.

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