Fiji Takes Glasgow 7’s Final

Fiji and New Zealand faced off in the tournaments final and after New Zealand had two tries taken away due to penalties, Fiji came away with the championship and a bid into the 2016 Olympics. South Africa will join Fiji in the Olympics as well.

Fiji  Dominates Competition

Winning Glasgow has put Fiji at the top of 7’s standings with 147 points. This is the fourth tournament they have won this series with picking up victories in Hong Kong, USA, and Australia. Fiji dominated pool play in Glasgow.  Fiji kicked off the day by defeating Wales 40-17 and continued that domination when they beat Portugal 40-12. They closed off pool play by beating out Scotland 45-5. The team moved on to the quarterfinals where they edged out a tough South Africa side 15-0. After the quarterfinals, Fiji took on the improving USA Eagles where they came away with a 19-5 victory. The stage was set with the final against New Zealand. After losing two tries to penalties, Fiji took the cup final 24-17 to become the Glasgow 7’s champions and the top team in the HSBC 7’s series.

The Eagles Continue to Make Strides

The Eagles ultimately took fourth place after losing to a skilled England side 24-19. Zak Test scored his 120th career try against Japan and Perry Baker showed why he is emerging as a top 7’s player against Australia. Check it out:

The Eagles currently sit at 6th in the international 7’s standings. By making it to the semi-finals they continue to prove that they are becoming a top 7’s team in the world. The squad still has some way to go before they are on a Fiji or New Zealand level but it seems they have been recruiting some great players and converting them to rugby. For example, Carlin Isle played football and ran track before rugby and Perry Baker played arena football. If the Eagles can continue to convert top athletes to rugby, the possibilities can be endless.