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Rugby Sevens World Series: Story of the season

Updated 2006 GMT (0406 HKT) June 10, 2018
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Victory for South Africa and a fifth-place finish for Fiji saw the Blitzboks take the 2017-18 Sevens World Series title by just two points. Steve Bardens/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
A runner-up finish for Australia in Paris was enough to secure the overall women's title ahead of rivals New Zealand. Steve Bardens/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Portia Woodman bagged two tries in the Paris final, which ended 33-7 in favor of the Black Ferns. Despite three tournament wins, however, they couldn't defend their championship title. GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's Josua Tuisova looks for an offload in the final of the London Sevens against South Africa. His side ran out 21-17 victors to take control of the series. Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
New Zealand's Black Ferns inflicted the heaviest ever series defeat on Australia in the final of the Canada Sevens, scoring eight tries in a 46-0 demolition of their rivals. DON MACKINNON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji moved to the top of the standings with a tense victory over Australia in Singapore. ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's Black Ferns backed up Commonwealth gold with silverware in Japan after a 24-12 victory over France in final. Matt Roberts/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Fiji made history in Hong Kong -- the most famous and best-loved leg of the Sevens World Series -- by winning a fourth consecutive title, defeating Kenya 24-12 in the final. Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Japan gained a berth in next year's Sevens World Series with a 19-14 victory over Germany in the qualifier event. Keith Tsuji/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Fiji fans celebrate in Vancouver where their country secured its second win of the Sevens World Series. Ben Nelms/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Kenya was the tournament's surprise package. Playing in its first final since Singapore in 2016, Shujaa eventually went down 31-12 to Fiji. DON MACKINNON/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
There was an historic result in Vegas as the Eagles lifted the trophy for the first time on home soil with a 28-0 victory over Argentina in the final. It was just the second title USA have won, the first coming in London in 2015. Brandon Magnus /Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Fiji overturned a first-half deficit against South Africa to claim a first title of the season in Hamilton -- the first time the town has hosted a Sevens World Series tournament after the New Zealand leg was moved from Wellington. MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Australia's women continued their storming start to the season in Sydney. Tim Walsh's side became the first team ever to go a whole tournament without conceding a point. MARK EVANS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
There was more good news to come for home fans that weekend in Sydney. The men eased past South Africa 29-0 in the final, with Ben O'Donnell (pictured) grabbing a brace. Jason McCawley/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images for HSBC
The All Blacks claimed a first tournament victory since March 2016 in Cape Town, toppling Argentina in the final. RODGER BOSCH/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Having finished second to New Zealand in last season's overall standings, Australia's women got their campaign off to winning ways by overwhelming USA 34-0 in the opening tournament in Dubai. Francois Nel/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Last year's world champion South Africa started this season as they ended the last. The Blitzboks saw off New Zealand 24-12 in the UAE to win the first piece of silverware up for grabs in the men's competition. GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/AFP/Getty Images