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Fijiana 7s Improve

Fijiana 7s Improve
Fijiana Fiji Airways 7s captain Ana Maria Roqica pressures China in the 5th Place semifinal at the Mikuni Stadium in Kiyakyushu, Japan on April 22,2018. Fijiana won 24-19. Photo: Zimbio
April 23
10:22 2018

 

KARALAINI TAVI, SUVA

The Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s side put on a much improved performance to finish 6th at the Kitakyushu Sevens tournament in Japan last night.

The Iliesa Tanivula coached-side have now attained 10th placing on the 2017/18 HSBC Women’s World Sevens Series.

Fiji Rugby Union chief execu­tive officer John O’Connor told SUNsports yesterday that they are pleased with the team’s per­formance especially when they topped their pool.

“That’s the first time for our women to top their pool in the series,” he said.

“This improvement had been seen right from their perfor­mance at the Commonwealth Games and now they’re much fitter and stronger.”

In the Cup quarterfinals they lost to Australia 31-7 but bounced back to edge out Chi­na 24-19 in the 5th Place semi­final before going down to Rus­sia 30-7 in the 5th Place final. In a positive note, upcoming Ana Maria Naimasi came second in the performance tracker.tracker

New Zealand won the Cup fi­nal when they walloped France 24-12 while Australia took out the bronze final beating Spain 19-5.

BABER’S FINAL 13?

Last night Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber was still finalising his 13-mem­ber squad for this weekend’s Singapore Sevens.

O’Connor said they are ex­pecting Baber to release the name of the players this morn­ing.

“He’s still assessing the play­ers in terms of injuries before finalising his squad.

When contacted Baber said they have been training in Nadi but would release the names later.

OCEANIA U18

The Fijian Under-18 boy’s rugby 7s side beat Tonga 21-12 to finish third in the inaugural Oceania Rugby U18 tourna­ment in Australia.

The tournament was won by Australia who thrashed Samoa 32-7 in the Cup final.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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