15 Dec 2014

Sport: Fiji, Samoa disappoint as SA wins Port Elizabeth 7s

10:45 am on 15 December 2014

It's been a horror finish for the Pacific teams at the Port Elizabeth round of the World Rugby Sevens Series, won by the hosts South Africa.

Fiji surrendered the overall series lead to the Blitzboks after finishing runners-up in the Plate.

For the second week running, Ben Ryan's team were knocked out of title contention by Australia, this time in the quarter finals.

They recovered to thrash England 31-0 in the Plate semis before a shock 21-14 defeat to the USA in the final.

South Africa beat New Zealand 26-17 in the Cup final to open up a nine-point lead over Fiji at the top of the standings.

Samoa had another tournament to forget, losing their first four matches, against New Zealand, England, Japan and Wales, coming back from a halftime deficit to beat Zimbabwe in the Shield semi finals before losing the final 19-14 to Portugal.

South Africa lead the standings after three rounds with 59 points, eight clear of second-placed Fiji, with New Zealand and Australia making up the automatic Olympic qualification spots.

Samoa have slipped two places to seventh overall, behind Argentina and England.