South Africa took a huge step towards their second series win after beating Fiji 19-12 in the final of the USA Sevens yesterday.
The Blitzboks have now a comfortable 24-point buffer at the top of the standings, with Fiji in second and England in third following their fifth place finish in Vegas.
In an intense final, Olympic champions Fiji tried everything to win their first title this season. Masivesi Dakuwaqa scored early on in the match, but South Africa’s playmaker Cecil Afrika replied with try just moments after. Forward Chris Dry added another try early on in the second half, before HSBC Player of the Final Rosko Specman scored an incredible individual try to win the game. Waisea Nacuqu got Fiji back into the game, but it was just too little too late.
With victories in Dubai, Sydney, Wellington and now Las Vegas, the Blitzboks have had their best start ever to a world series.
"We're happy with how it's been going the last few tournaments and the guys are believing in a system and working for each other," he said. "They are showing a lot of pride in the jersey and the fact that they can play for their country. They showed a lot of composure in the final and managed to take control back in the second half."
Hosts USA finished in a strong third position after beating New Zealand 19-15 in the Bronze final, while Kenya took victory in the Challenge Trophy final, beating Samoa 21-14.
The teams have now just a few days to recover before the next stage of the HSBC Sevens Series in Vancouver kicks-off.