Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

US Makes History With Second Straight Silver Medal In Rugby Sevens

US Makes History With Second Straight Silver Medal In Rugby Sevens

Trophy final in Dubai and to Samoa 31-7 in Challenge Trophy semi-final in South Africa.

Needing a win, New Zealand trailed 21-14 with time nearly up but Sione Molia scored his second try in the last minute and Andrew Knewstubb hurriedly kicked a conversion with just a second on the clock to level - and force the game to restart.

Fiji head coach Gareth Baber, said, "It's been a long time coming for the Fijians to win in Cape Town".

"We had a real battle against South Africa in the semi-final‚ but we came good".

Cape Town - The younger generation of Blitzboks again showed in Cape Town that they are indeed more than capable to swim at the deep end of the World Sevens Series pool, according to Dewald Human, one of the newer players in the Springbok Sevens set-up.

Kenya is now at position three in pool C behind England, with three points same as France who were thrashed 50-0 by leaders Fiji in their opening fixtures.

From an SA perspective, the Blitzboks were guilty of too many missed tackles and were bossed in contact against the physicality of Fiji and New Zealand.

The result means the USA Sevens have now lost two finals in two weeks
The result means the USA Sevens have now lost two finals in two weeks

The USA Rugby men's sevens team is quickly laying down a path toward the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Shujaa's last game of the day will be against France (6.41pm), another side they faced in the preliminary stage in Dubai, going down 21-19. Kenya will have to beat African giants South Africa, Scotland and France to sail through to the Main Cup quarterfinals in New Zealand.

But despite being down to six men, Fiji took advantage of a handling error by South Africa with 20 seconds remaining, winning possession from the resultant scrum setting Alosio Naduva free to race through for the winning try.

Defeat was the Blitzboks fifth loss of the season after losing three matches in Dubai.

Fiji responded with two first-half run-ins by Vilimoni Botitu and Waisea Nacuqu, which gave the Islanders a 12-5 lead at the break.

The Blitzboks lost Philip Snyman and Muller du Plessis‚ to injury before day started.

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