Fabulous Fiji are 7s masters

Fiji crushed Kenya’s dream of a World Series semi-final and in doing so claimed the 2006 circuit trophy.

The Fijians, who only had to reach the semi-finals to get enough points to take the trophy for the first time, beat Kenya 33-14 in the first of the quarter-finals in London. New Zealand, who have won the title for the last six years, also advanced to the semi-finals with an easy 19-7 win against Argentina.

The Boks, winners in Paris and aiming to finish second behind Fiji, played Samoa in the quarter-finals. There was unfortunately no repeat of the Paris heroics, in which the Boks smashed Samoa. This time the Boks were the ones smashed, going down 24-14.

England completed the play-offs with a hard fought 14-7 win against France, but were knocked out by Samoa 15-7.

The Fijians, in turn, dispatched New Zealand 21-17 and confirmed their champion status with a crushing 54-14 win in the final against Samoa to take the tournament and series honours.

The Sevens Boks also won well against the Kenyans, cruising to a 42-7 triumph. Unfortunately, they were playing for the Plate, whereas Fiji were conquering the Samoans in the Cup final.