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Fiji seals World Series win

HONG KONG - MARCH 29: Fiji players concentrate prior to the Fiji vs New Zealand HSBC Sevens World Series Cup Final match as part of the Hong Kong Sevens, the sixth round of the HSBC Sevens World series at the Hong Kong International Stadium on March 29, 2015 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Fiji sealed a third World Series win with a 26 – 0 win over Australia during the pool phase of the London Sevens. With that win they qualified for the Cup quarter finals, which means they lowest amount of points they can get is 12, for losing the Plate final. With their lead over South Africa’s Blitzbokke 14 points, and the winning of the tournament being worth 22 points, the Blitzbokke can now no longer close the gap.

Fiji has now won the World Series for the third time, and has managed to make it back to back wins as well.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MAY 10:  Josaia Raisuqe, Samisoni Viriviri and Savenaca Rawaca of Fiji celebrate after the Fiji team won round 8 of the HSBC Sevens World series during the Emirates Airlines Rugby 7s Cup Final match between New Zealand and Fiji at Scotstoun Stadium on May 10, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

They started the day off pretty badly, losing 10 – 31 to home team England, but steadied the ship in their second match against Wales, winning it 42 – 5.

Fiji tried to play their unique brand of flying rugby, with telepathic off loading and eclectic running, but the English drizzle did not make that as easy as it could be, nor did the opposition. England battered them, and Australia gave them a run for their money. It was only in the second half that they could really get into their stride and run some of their trade mark tries in.

When it became obvious they could relax, they played freely and their game began to flow and suddenly Australia did not seem an obstacle any more as they charged towards victory.

Their victory also makes them firm favourites for the Olympic title in Rio this summer.

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