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USA victorious in London


Semi Kunatani and Fiji won the HSBC Sevens World Series

Semi Kunatani and Fiji won the HSBC Sevens World Series

Semi Kunatani and Fiji won the HSBC Sevens World Series

The United States captured a famous London Sevens success after accounting for hosts England in the semi-final and Australia in the final, while Fiji won the HSBC Sevens World Series.

England had secured a sevens berth for Great Britain at next year's Rio Olympics after reaching the quarter-finals on Saturday, and they extended their successful tournament by beating New Zealand in the last eight.

But they were beaten 43-12 by the Americans, with two tries each from Madison Hughes, Carlin Isles and Perry Baker, and went on to lose 26-12 in the third-placed play-off against Fiji.

The States, though, had more celebrations to come as they beat Australia 45-22 in the final, with Danny Barrett and Maka Unufe each crossing twice and player of the tournament Hughes adding another nine points.

Hughes told worldrugby.org: "It is an absolutely incredible feeling, I remember coming to this tournament as a boy watching from the stands hoping that I could play in it some day.

"There is so much more to come, thank you very much for a phenomenal tournament and weekend."

Coach Mike Friday added: "It is amazing, credit to those boys the 12 of them have been absolutely fantastic."

Fiji wrapped up the series title at the moment they beat South Africa in their quarter-final and coach Ben Ryan said: " The boys were very overly emotional in the changing room and I had to control them a bit and remind them to start smiling and that this is supposed to be fun.

"We've won 29 out of our last 30 games so we are on a pretty hot streak and I've got a great team around me."

New Zealand regrouped to win the Plate competition, beating South Africa 26-14, and also had the consolation of Olympic qualification.

Captain DJ Forbes said: "It was probably an awesome game to watch but it was really hard to play in. Against a good South African side, I guess we can hold our heads high.

"It's hugely disappiointing to finish third overall (in the series) but that's the way sevens is going - any team can win on it's day. We achieved one of our goals though qualifying for Rio."