30 May 2011

Sport: Fiji beat Samoa in sevens plate final

10:16 am on 30 May 2011

Fiji have ended a fractious rugby sevens season with some silverware, after beating Samoa 26-14 in the plate final at Edinburgh.

It was their second win over Samoa in two days after earlier beating their rivals in pool play, where they also slipped up against Scotland.

Head coach Joe Savou, who replaced Iliesa Tanivula two months ago, says they will take heart from their recent performances.

"Unfortunately that we lost to Australia in the quarter final but we managed to come back and I think we will work on that and will focus on the next series."

South Africa won their second straight tournament, after holding off Australia 36-35 in a high scoring cup final.

That ensured they finish the season in third place, ahead of Samoa, with Fiji fifth.

Meanwhile two New Zealanders, Tomasi Cama and Tim Mikkelson, were shortlisted alongside South Africa's Cecil Afrika for the IRB's sevens player of the year award.