Fiji fall apart in Singapore 7s final

New Zealand's Kurt Baker puts the fend on against Japan at the Singapore Sevens

The Blitzboks pulled off a comeback for the ages against Fiji during the final of the 2019 Singapore Sevens on Saturday. South Africa trailed 19-0 after a first half that was completely dominated by Fiji but turned the match around after halftime, matching Fiji's three tries and snatching the win with the last-gasp kick. Whether or not they are able to hold to become series champions for the first time, Team USA are all but guaranteed a top-four spot, which would mean automatic qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

"Our expectation here in Singapore is to try and build on our performance in Hong Kong", England captain Tom Mitchell said.

Barring any upset in Fiji's cup quarter-final match, they are likely to meet Australia or England in Semi-final.

South Africa sits in fourth place in the World Series standings with 121 points while Fiji is second with 142 points.

South Africa will face Samoa in the quarter-finals, while Australia take on England.

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Connor Braid, Phil Berna, Justin Douglas, Jake Thiel and Nathan Hirayama scored tries for Canada in the win over Japan. Tries by Tim Mikkelson and Akuila Rokolisoa in the final two minutes of the match swung the tie in the All Blacks Sevens' favour.

Rookie Angelo Davids, who only made his debut a week ago, came on in the 12th minute and fittingly scored his first Blitzboks try to round off the game.

But he credited a "very good" South Africa team on its victory and pointed to the positives for Fiji over the last few weeks.

South Africa coach Neil Powell stirred up his young players during the halftime interval and they were a different team in the second half, eliminating errors and playing with much more focus.

The Blitzboks, who have only won two of their 30 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Cup titles in Asia, scored 20 unanswered points to complete a remarkable comeback in the final. But a penalty for offside gave South Africa a last chance and Selvyn Davids slotted the winning penalty.

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