14 May 2012

Sport: Fiji beat Samoa in London 7s final, NZ win series

10:20 am on 14 May 2012

Fiji won it's third tournament of the season, beating Pacific rivals Samoa in the final of the London Sevens on Monday, but could do nothing to stop New Zealand lifting its 10th World Series crown in 13 years.

New Zealand's title defence was confirmed when they beat South Africa in the Cup quarter finals, although Fiji made a statement thrashing the champions 31-7 in the first semi final.

In the Cup final, the Fijians thrashed Samoa 38-15 and skipper Setefano Cakau says the progress the team has made in past six months is encouraging.

"We set a goal from the beginning of the series - from the fifth to the second it's a big improvement for us. I know that we achieved our goal"

that we set in the beginning of the series this year and last year.

Samoa coach Faamoni Lalomilo says his team had opportunities in the final but failed to take them.

I think we have a chance but we gave away some good position in the game but Fiji used the opportunity when we give away possession and they came hard at us on every ruck and every set piece so I will thank all the boys for the performance today.

Samoa finished the season in fourth place, behind New Zealand Fiji and England.