HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17

Sydney Sevens: Wales upset Fiji as England beat South Africa

Hat trick of tries by Morgan Williams leads Welsh to first win over the Olympic champions since 2013

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 February, 2017, 10:08pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 February, 2017, 10:16pm

Wales ended a 14-match losing streak to Fiji by upsetting the Olympic rugby champion 28-15 in the Sydney Sevens on Saturday.

A hat trick of tries by Morgan Williams led Wales to their first win over Fiji since 2013, and ultimately to the first qualifying position in Pool B.

England also topped their pool after beating world series leader South Africa 21-15, handing the Blitzboks their first defeat since they lost to England in December in the Cape Town final.

South Africa led 15-7 with four minutes to go, but Dan Norton crossed for a converted try and James Rodwell scored the match-winner from a cross-kick by Ollie Lindsay-Hague.

Besides England, New Zealand were the only other side to win all of their pool matches. The United States were the other pool winners, beating Argentina and Canada but losing to Russia 17-14 for the first time in five years.

In the quarter-finals on Sunday, England face Argentina, New Zealand take on Fiji for the second straight week, the United States go up against South Africa, and Wales play Australia.

Wales finished the pool round by drawing with Samoa 7-7, a team the Fijians crushed 40-0.

Before England overcame South Africa, they also had to come back to beat Kenya 19-12, and defeated Japan 26-0.

New Zealand beat Australia 26-14 in a rematch of last year’s final, rolled over Papua New Guinea, and came from behind to defeat Scotland 14-7.

Argentina progressed as second qualifiers behind the United States after drawing with Canada 17-17. Pat Kay scored a try for Canada in the final seconds but couldn’t convert it.

Meanwhile, in the women’s tournament, Canada won the final, beating the United States 21-17 with a late try by Bianca Farella. Naya Tapper scored three tries for the US but Farella had the last say.

The all-North American final was set up by two big upsets in the semi-finals: Canada silenced the home fans by topping Australia 12-7, and the US downed New Zealand 19-12. New Zealand beat Australia 19-0 to finish in third place.