Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Rugby Sevens Men Finish Seventh, Fiji Wins Title at London Sevens

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Rugby Sevens Men Finish Seventh, Fiji Wins Title at London Sevens

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Canadian men finish seventh in London

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LONDON - Fiji defeated South Africa 21-17 Sunday to win the London Sevens, its fourth straight tournament victory -- and fifth in the last six stops -- on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

The Blitzboks made it exciting, scoring a try with 35 seconds to close the margin to two points. But they could not get the ball back at the restart and Fiji ran out the clock to extend its win streak on the circuit to 25 games.

Ireland, an invitational side, capped its dream run at Twickenham by defeating England 21-19 to finish third.

Each tournament sees one invitational team join the 15 core teams on the World Series. Ireland is the first non-core country to earn a medal.

Canada finished tied for seventh after losses to Fiji and the U.S. on Sunday. It marked the Canadian men's second-best result of the 2017-18 campaign, following a fourth in Cape Town in December.

Fiji extended its their lead atop the season standings with 167 points, seven ahead off No. 2 South Africa. New Zealand, which finished fifth here, is third at 133 points

Canada moved up from 11th to ninth.

Fiji is after its third World Series title in four years before taking aim at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in July. The World Series season ends next weekend in Paris.

Josua Tuisova, Paula Dranisinukula and Jasa Veremalua scored for Fiji in the final, which was tied 7-7 at the half. Stedman Gans, Ruhan Nel and Zain Davids replied for South Africa, which lost star strike runners Cecil Afrika and Branko du Preez to injury Saturday.

After making the Cup quarter-final for just the second time this season, Canada ran into a red-hot Fiji side. The Pacific Islanders posted an easy 40-7 win before Canada's campaign ended 27-19 in a seesaw battle with the U.S.

Canada went 2-1 on the opening day, defeating Samoa and Russia and losing to South Africa.

Harry Jones and Mike Fuailefau both scored milestones tries Saturday, with Jones touching down for his 100th World Series try while Fuailefau notched No. 50.

But there was little to celebrate Sunday against Fiji as Canada was outclassed and outhit. …

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