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Fiji have secured their second Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch Championship title after defeating New Zealand in the Cup Final tonight.
The 2012 Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch wrapped up the second day of competition with an enthralling line-up of finals matches showcasing some of the best Rugby Sevens action in the world.
The opening round of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series has been a huge success with a set of captivating, nail-biting matches entertaining a 27,988-strong crowd across two days of energy and colour.
The final matches commenced with Scotland taking on the USA in the Shield Final. Scotland stuck to their dominant form, scoring 26 points in the first half against the USA, who were unable to make their mark on the scoreboard.
Scotland dominated the try scoring tally becoming the Shield winners with an impressive 40 points to 5 over team USA.
In the Bowl final it was a neck and neck display between England and Spain with both teams each crossing for a try in the first half.
The game was taken to extra time after scores were drawn 14 all in the second half. The promising Spanish side grabbed the opportunity with both hands, scoring a try in extra time to bring the final score to 19 – 14 to be crowned Bowl Winners.
Argentina continued to power through in the Plate final against France with a 14 point lead in the first half.
The French tried their best to not let the match get away from them, however it was not enough as Argentina continued to surge towards their try line eventually taking the plate with both hands with a 14 – 7 final score.
The two African nations, Kenya and South Africa, went head to head for the 3rd/4th playoff spot. A cunning South African outfit were quick to cross the line, scoring all the tries against the Kenyans in the first half.
The Kenyans sprinting form reappeared in the second half but it was not enough for the try-happy South Africans who surprisingly ran away with a 41 – 7 win.
As the anthems rung out around the stadium it was evident the Cup Final between last year’s Gold Coast Sevens defending Champions, Fiji and the tough New Zealand side was going to be an epic contest.
The Fijians tormented the Kiwis crossing over for the first try. But in true New Zealand form it wasn’t long before they made their own mark on the scoreboard with a try and successful conversion. The Fijians dominated the try scoring however, with a 10 point lead at half time.
The Fijians looked outstanding as they weaved around the New Zealanders to score a further set of classic tries. New Zealand still managed to score despite having a player sin binned, but the Fijians were just too good, finally sealing the Cup Final with a 32 – 14 victory.
Results from Day 1 and 2 of Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch are below.
Catch all the post-match interviews at MyRugby TV.
Day 1 results:
England, 14 drew Kenya, 14
Samoa, 31 defeated Spain, 10
Argentina, 7 defeated by France, 14
Wales, 19 defeated Portugal, 12
New Zealand, 19 defeated USA, 7
South Africa, 38 defeated Canada, 0
Fiji, 31 defeated Scotland, 14
Australia, 31 defeated Tonga, 14
Interval (10 mins)
England, 14 defeated Spain, 10
Samoa, 14 defeated Kenya, 12
Argentina, 26 defeated Portugal, 0
Wales, 19 defeated France, 14
New Zealand, 28 defeated Canada, 21
South Africa, 33 defeated USA, 5
Fiji, 35 defeated Tonga, 7
Australia, 22 defeated Scotland, 0
Interval (20 mins)
Kenya, 26 defeated Spain, 12
France, 12 defeated Portugal, 5
USA, 21 defeated by Canada, 22
Scotland, 5 defeated by Tonga, 24
Interval (10 mins)
England, 19 defeated Samoa, 17
Argentina, 17 defeated Wales, 5
New Zealand, 21 defeated by South Africa, 31
Fiji, 14 defeated by Australia, 15
DAY 2 results:
¼ Finals Bowl
Canada (3rd Pool A), 31 defeated Portugal (4th Pool D), 0
England (3rd Pool C), 35 defeated Scotland (4th Pool B), 7
Wales (3rd Pool D), 27defeated USA (4th Pool A), 19
Tonga (3rd Pool B), 7 defeated by Spain (4th Pool C), 19
¼ Finals Cup
South Africa (1st Pool A), 26 defeated France (2nd Pool D), 14
Samoa (1st Pool C), 7 defeated by Fiji (2nd Pool B), 19
Argentina (1st Pool D), 7 defeated by New Zealand (2nd Pool A), 12
Australia (1st Pool B), 14 defeated by Kenya (2nd Pool C), 19
Portugal (Loser #25), 0 defeated by Scotland (Loser #26), 33
USA (Loser #27), 33 defeated Tonga (Loser #28), 26
Canada (Winner #25), 19 defeated by England (Winner #26), 24
Wales (Winner #27), 17 defeated by Spain (Winner #28), 26
France (Loser #29), 21 defeated Samoa, 7 (Loser #30)
Argentina, 17 (Loser #31) defeated Australia (Loser #32), 14
South Africa (Winner #29), 10 defeated by Fiji (Winner #30), 21
New Zealand (Winner #31), 15 defeated Kenya (Winner #32), 5
Scotland (Winner #33), 40 defeated USA (Winner #34), 5
England (Winner #35), 14 defeated by Spain (Winner #36), 19
France (Winner #37), 7 defeated by Argentina (Winner #38), 14
South Africa (Loser #39), 41 defeated Kenya, 7 (Loser #40)
Fiji (Winner #39), 32 defeated New Zealand (Winner #40), 14
Gold Coast Sevens – Fever Pitch is proudly brought to the Gold Coast through a partnership between ARU, the Queensland Government through Events Queensland and Gold Coast City Council.
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