Gareth Duncan

Fiji break Blitzboks’ hearts in Russia

The Springbok Sevens suffered an early exit at the World Cup after a 12-10 quarter-final loss to Fiji in Moscow.

Paul Treu's men, who were without skipper Kyle Brown, suspended for two games because of an alleged eye-gouge, opened the scoring with a try by Ryno Benjamin. Fiji hit back via Metuisela Talebula and Samisoni Viriviri to lead 12-5 at the break.

Sibusiso Sithole dived over during the closing stages, but the hurried conversion attempt went wide. 

In the final, New Zealand eased to a 33-0 win over England to secure the Melrose Cup. Fiji claimed the bronze medal with a 29-5 victory over Kenya. In the women's final, New Zealand beat Canada 29-12.

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Photo: Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images

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