17 Feb 2015

Sport: Las Vegas triumph moves Fiji closer to Olympic Sevens berth

9:13 am on 17 February 2015

Fiji are a step closer to Olympic qualification following their dominant victory at the Las Vegas Sevens yesterday.

The Pacific Islanders completed an unbeaten three days with a clinical 35-19 victory over New Zealand in the Cup final, their second win over the defending series champions in as many days.

Fiji remain in third place overall on 86 points, now just seven points behind leaders South Africa and two behind New Zealand, with four rounds remaining.

Australia beat England in the Plate final to retain the fourth and final qualification spot for Rio 2016, while Samoa slipped one spot to tenth.

Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau missed the final through injury but says the result means alot after working hard to improving their defence and discipline.

Fiji Rugby CEO Radrodro Tabualevu congratulated the team on their victory and says the administration is confident head coach Ben Ryan will ensure the team seals Olympic qualification.

Tabualevu says Fiji can still improve and says they expect the team to finish top.

Fiji celebrate winning the Las Vegas Sevens.

Fiji celebrate winning the Las Vegas Sevens. Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima