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Fijians started well, went to sleep and woke up again says vodafone fiji 7s coAch ben Ryan ANASILINI RATUVA SUVA The Vodafone Fiji 7s team won the Tokyo 7s after
24 Mar 2014 12:39

Fijians started well, went to sleep and woke up again says vodafone fiji 7s coAch ben Ryan

Waisea Nacuqu going for the winning try in the 33-26 Cup final over South Africa yesterday. Photo: Kenji Demura

ANASILINI RATUVA
SUVA
The Vodafone Fiji 7s team won the Tokyo 7s after defeating South Africa 33-26 in the Cup final at Prince Chichibu Memorial ground yesterday.
Coach Ben Ryan said the boys started well in the beginning went to sleep and woke up again to finish the great game.
“They started really well and we went to sleep but we woke up and it was a great game to finish above South Africa.
It’s a great way to end the two days.”
Ryan was proud of the performance and will continue the hard work as the focus will be on Hong Kong this weekend.
“We will keep working hard and if we can knock over more trophies then it will give us inertia for next year. I’m really proud,” he added.
Vodafone Fiji skipper Osea Kolinisau acknowledges fans for their support.
“We want to acknowledge God for giving us the victory also South Africa for the great game.
“All we did was kept possession till the final play and also we want to acknowledge everybody at home for their support,” Kolinisau said.
Votua, Ba native Waisea Nacuqu ran 70 metres to score Fiji’s winning try and converted his own in the final minute to win the Cup for Fiji.
The 20-year-old who came on as a late replacement took full advantage of a neat pass from his cousin Pio Tuwai and used his blistering speed to run and clinch the winner.
In the beginning of the first half South Africa overcooked an early lineout and open the way for Emosi Mulevoro, who scored Fiji’s first try and converted it. In his very best blistering pace Samisoni Viriviri scored their second try.
South Africa fought back and created a wealth of space with Fiji who was caught out in defence opening their scoreboard through Kyle Brown. In a flash, South Africa extended their lead through a try each from Stephan Dippenaar and Justin Geduld. Benito Masilevu breached the BlitzBokke defence to score Fiji’s third try converted by Mulevoro just at half time. Both teams drew 19-19 all at half time.
There was no let-up after the break. Fiji flying in with tackles. BlitzBokke were edging closer to the Fiji line, who were up against it but a loose ball and Fiji causing a break as stalwart Setefano Cakau bursts clear for the first score in the second-half converted by Mulevoro.
Bump and run as South Africa equalised through Justin Geduld and the two were levelled at 26-26 all.
The ball popping all over the place. One-handed passes, coast to coast and suddenly Waisea Nacuqu secured a back pass from lanky Pio Tuwai gallops 70 metres to win the Cup for Fiji.
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