Aminiasi Tuimaba, Napolioni Bolaca and Vilimoni Botitu scored tries for Fiji in the first half, two of which were converted by Bolaca, and the Islanders seemingly had one hand on the trophy after 14 minutes. Thereafter Selvyn Davids, who already kicked a conversion, stepped up and added a penalty goal that pushed them into a 20-19 lead. Then in the final seconds, the Springboks were awarded a penalty kick, and Davids displayed nerves of steel to kick in the winning three points. "I must give credit to the boys after half-time, they reacted to what was said at half-time and credit to the composure that they showed and the guts". Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and video "Going into the finals is always going to be hard".
Fiji coach Gareth Baber acknowledged that the injured Tuwai was sorely missed. "It happened, and the win came because we executed the plan". They hung onto every word we said and started to believe it. Tiffany Faaee blazies trail in U.S. rugby 02:10 South Africa remains fourth in the World Series standings but closes the gap on New Zealand in third place after the All Blacks Sevens were defeated by Fiji in Sunday's quarterfinals before going down to Samoa in the 5th place playoff. We lost our captain, Siviwe Soyizwapi and leading try-scorer in Singapore, before the final and Angelo Davids, in only his second tournament stepped up and played very well. We got into another finals, so we're doing something right.
The Blitzboks remain fourth on the overall standings after eight rounds, 24 points behind leaders USA.
The United States, who were beaten 28-7 by England in the playoff for third place, retain first place but are only three points ahead of Fiji while New Zealand is third and South Africa moved clear of England in fourth place. We worked hard together, as a team, to get those tries.
The 2018-19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series continues this weekend with the Singapore Sevens from National Stadium in Kallang.