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Fiji secure second World Series title after victory over South Africa

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Fiji have secured their second World Rugby Sevens Series title thanks to a quarter-final win over South Africa in the London leg of the tournament.

Heading into the final day of the Sevens the quarter-final between Fiji and the Blitzbokke became a straight shootout for the Series title but the 19-7 triumph saw Fiji claim their first championship since 2006. Two tries from Savenaca Rawaca and one from captain Osea Kolinisau saw them home.

For coach Ryan, he saluted his team but said he was concerned about their emotions pre-match. Talking to Sky Sports, he said: "The boys were overly emotional in the changing room so I had to try and control that. But they went out had an outstanding game. We've worked incredibly hard, we've lost five games all season.

"And in 29 out of the last 30 games, we've won. We've got a great group around me and we couldn't have asked for any more this year."

And then on how he controlled the team's emotions, he referred back to a match from 2011. He added: "Osea was crying, Isake Katonibau was crying, Jerry Tuwai, who was injured, was crying and I saw that. I saw that four years ago in a Hong Kong finals changing room when Fiji played Wales. Fiji lost the plot in the first five minutes and Wales raced into a lead. It worried me.

"We talked about our advantages: our power, our skill, our energy and how we could control that. We needed to start smiling and enjoy it. And they did that, we defended brilliantly and then got stuck into them."

Captain Kolinisau added: "Thank you very much for supporting the team. To be only the second Fijian team to win the title is a great feeling.

"We are really thankful that we have finished the series, it has been a tough journey all along."

Fiji's London campaign finished in the semi-finals when they were knocked out by Australia. They eventually fell 33-7 and had a player sin-binned in either half.