FIJI BEAT NEW ZEALAND TO WIN SINGAPORE SEVENS
Fiji claimed the HSBC Singapore Sevens title after showing a good performance in the final to beat New Zealand 28-17. The Olympic gold medallists powered to an early lead in the final and never looked back as Vuiviawa Naduvalo, Waisea Nacuqu and Joseva Talacolo converted tries to give them a 21-0 advantage at half-time.
New Zealand reduced the deficit after the break with tries by Regan Ware, Moses Leo and Caleb Tangitau but a second try for Naduvalo ensured the Fijians claimed their first Series title since their 2020 triumph in Australia.
The Pacific island side lost their opening game to Ireland on Saturday but bounced back to top their pool with victories against France and Japan. Fiji then eliminated Series leaders South Africa 19-14 in the quarter-finals and come from behind to beat Australia 19-12 in the semi-finals.
Captain Tevita Daugunu says the win is dedicated to all the children in Fiji celebrating Palm Sunday yesterday. Naduvalo was named the Player of the Final and during the post-match interview says it has been a long time coming for him to make the national team and play on the world stage. Australia bagged the bronze medal after denying Ireland 21-19.