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Explosive Fijian’s Final Show

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s Men’s team was crowned Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 winners in the men’s event in an exhilarating finals in Cape Town, South Africa on September 11, 2022.
18 Sep 2022 15:00
Explosive Fijian’s Final Show
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s Men’s team crowned Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 champions. Photo: World Rugby

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s Men’s team was crowned Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022 winners in the men’s event in an exhilarating finals in Cape Town, South Africa on September 11, 2022.

The Flying Fijians claimed a third RWC Sevens title, their first since 2005, by beating an All Blacks side that won the last two tournaments with a superb 29-12 victory in the Championship final.

The Olympic gold medallists battled past HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions Australia in the semi-finals before running in five tries in a fiercely physical final against a New Zealand side.

Fiji flew out of the blocks as Joseva Talacolo went screaming down the left wing and over the try line inside 30 seconds, before Kaminieli Rasaku charged over in the corner to notch his fourth try of the weekend.

Moses Leo finished a nice passing move from the All Blacks to get them back in it, but they were soon pegged back again as Elia Canakaivata carved open the defence and Filipe Sauturaga dummied and went through to give the Olympic champions a 19-point lead at the break.

Akuila Rokolisoa got the All Blacks off to a good start with a try early in the second half, and Fiji’s problems soon piled up as Talacolo was sin-binned for a high tackle and Waisea Nucuqu was forced off with injury.

Rasaku looked set to stream through for his second try until the ball slipped out of his grasp, and the Fijians then received another yellow card as Sevuloni Mocenacagi was sent to the bin just as Talacolo returned to the fray.

But they survived the testing period without conceding, and Rokolisoa then joined Mocenacagi in the bin for ob­struction to make it a six-a-side game with three minutes left.

The Fijians defended ferociously, pushing New Zealand all the way back under their own posts, and they sealed a superb victory with the final play through Filipo Bu­kayaro.

Source: World Rugby



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