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Rookie Forward Iosefo Masi Played With A Fractured Finger

Masi was in the starting line-up against New Zealand and was contesting the restarts against the seasoned Tim Mikkelson and Scott Curry.
29 Jul 2021 17:33
Rookie Forward Iosefo Masi Played With A Fractured Finger
Iosefo Masi.

Rookie Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens forward Iosefo Masi played with a fractured finger in their gold medal win at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan, last night.

The was confirmed by Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor.

“Masi was injured from the first pool game against Japan,” O’Connor said.

“The team management strapped his finger according to what was advised to them by the medical people.

“Masi will now undergo immediate surgery.”

Masi was in the starting line-up against New Zealand and was contesting the restarts against the seasoned Tim Mikkelson and Scott Curry.

His spot-on tackle on Joe Webber brought him to the ground with Sireli Maqala ripping the ball away for Meli Derenalagi to dive over for the first try.

A change of tactic by head coach Gareth Baber where the Fijians opted to kick behind the Kiwis caught them by surprise.

Maqala pounced on a loose ball to claim the second try which was converted by Napolioni Bolaca for a 12-0 lead.

But Curry, instrumental to New Zealand’s run to the final, showed a surprising turn of pace to run one back in for the men in black, who have 12 sevens world series titles to their name.

Fiji fired straight back, the jinking Jiuta Wainiqolo riding a Andrew Knewstubb tackle and swerving away to race in for the Islanders’ third try, Bolaca hitting the extras.

Sione Molia clawed one back for New Zealand to keep them in the game, doing well to battle his way out of an attempted Tuwai wrap-around and skip away, Fiji up 19-12 at half-time.

O’Connor said he had spoken to the team, and they were looking forward to returning home to be with their families.

“I thank the players for following the programme that was set and they had been away from their families since April. It was hard for them especially when the country was struck by COVID-19.”

The CEO congratulated head coach Gareth Baber for a job well done.

“Also, I congratulate the coaching staff and management,” he added.

O’Connor said the team return home today.

Meanwhile, the Team Fijian women’s rugby sevens team start their campaign today.

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