By Staff writer
Four-try blitz in the first half helps Fiji secure victory in final of the opening leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series
Fiji were crowned champions on Saturday after beating England in the final of the Dubai Sevens, the first leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
England opened the try scoring but were pegged back by four quick-fire tries before half-time as Fiji led 28-7 at the break.
England scored first in the second half to reduce the deficit but, despite further chances, could only add one more try to their score as Fiji completed a 28-17 win.
The teams had last met in May in London in the third place play-off when Fiji won 26-12.
England, four times winners, earlier made it through to the final with a hard-fought 24-19 victory over United States. Fiji beat New Zealand 19-5 in their semi-final.
In the third place play-off match, the tournament's surprise package, the United States, who beat former Dubai champions New Zealand in the pool stages on Friday, completed the double with a 31-14 victory.
On Friday, Australia claimed the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Dubai, beating Russia 33-12.