Fijian entertainers the FPD Guardforce Magicians pulled off a great escape act to lift the Carlsberg International 10s title with a breathtaking 26-21 win over the Australian Rugby Legends at Football Club yesterday. The Magicians, winners in 1996 and runners up to Aliens last year, pulled back from 14-0 down and then 21-19 behind with nine men after history repeated itself and Samu Saumaisue was sin-binned. But unlike last year, when Save Lutumailagi was off the field for 10 minutes, the amended rules allowed Saumaisue to come back on after three minutes and he witnessed Eparama Tuvunivono scoring the winning try. It was a high intensity final and the Legends, who beat defending champions Aliens in the semi-finals, were punished for a few mistakes when they decided to use Fijian tactics and spin the ball wide. 'They tried to beat us at our own game and paid the penalty,' said Magicians coach Richard Breen. 'They spinned the ball wide and that is what we wanted. 'After watching the semi-finals we were pleased to be playing the Legends rather than the Aliens. 'We had a couple of key injuries and had to bring in [former All Black] Graeme Bachop but the boys rose to the occasion and it's great to have won. 'It was a good final,' he added. Australian great Glen Ella, who helped coach the Legends, said that it was rugby at its best. 'Some people think the Carlsberg 10s is easy compared to the Hong Kong Sevens but how tough was that?,'he asked. 'The semi-finals and the final were as tough as you will get anywhere.' Added captain Mark Catchpole: 'We just made a couple of errors and let them back into it. 'We did not control the ball the way we wanted and a couple of times we blew a few opportunities when passes did not go to hand. 'It is difficult after three relatively easy games to lift your standard for the intensity, aggression and tempo of a semi-final and final. 'We will keep coming back until we win.' In the Plate final, previous Bowl winners Tokyo Gaijin defeated the Chinese Agricultural University 27-7 and local side Crosby Kowloon lifted the Bowl with a 31-12 victory over the Chinese Barbarians. Rugby in China started at the Agricultural University in Beijing earlier this decade and the team showed the great strides forward the sport has made on the mainland by reaching their first major final. Three-time winners Aliens failed to reach the final for the first time at the Carlsberg 10s, going down 29-10 in the semi-finals to the extremely motivated Australian Rugby Legends side. The Aliens, with several current and previous internationals in their ranks but missing former All Black enforcer Jamie Joseph and Western Samoan flyer Tupo Faamasino, lacked the physical presence and speed of their winning sides. The Magicians were made to fight all the way by hosts Football Club before triumphing 21-7 in the other semi-final encounter. 'Give them a bit of room and they go past you like ghosts,' said Club forward Roger Patterson. 'If you do not make mistakes and take your own chances you can beat them, otherwise it's sure defeat. 'We put up a good display and enjoyed it.' Two Hong Kong sides exited at the quarter-final stage in contrasting fashion. The Anzacs, made up primarily of players from Hong Kong First Division side Valley, kept the ball tight against the Magicians and with a bit more luck and fewer spilled passes would have done better than their 19-14 loss. Former New Zealand sevens triallist Greg Peacocke hit the gas for Aliens in their quarter-final against the Hong Kong Barbarians and killed the hopes of the local side. He opened the scoring after a lightning break and further tries from ex-All Black scrumhalf Graeme Bachop and Canadian international John Hutchinson sealed a semi-final spot for the defending champions.