10 Dec 2012

Sport: Fiji and Samoa slip after disappointing South Africa Sevens

11:30 am on 10 December 2012

Fiji and Samoa have both lost ground in the World Series standings, after disappointing performances at the Port Elizabeth Sevens.

Despite finishing top of their group Fiji were beaten in the Cup quarter finals, and eventually lost the Plate final 26-14 against Wales.

It's the second win in as many weeks for Wales against Fiji but coach Paul John doesn't think that means they have a psycological advantage over them.

"Oh yeah the last two maybe but they will be back and they will be better"

so it's great for our boys to beat and play against the top sides all the time so we're pleased with that two weeks.

New Zealand thrashed France 47-12 in the Cup final to extend it's world series lead to 14 points.

France is now second after their runners-up effort, with Fiji dropping to third.

Completing an underwhelming tournament for the Pacific sides, Samoa lost the bowl final to Australia and are now fifth in the standings going into the next round in Wellington in February.