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Fiji looked set to book itself a quarterfinal against either New Zealand or the United States of America today in the Hong Kong 7s. MAIKELI SERU SUVA Our 7s team
30 Mar 2014 09:21

Fiji looked set to book itself a quarterfinal against either New Zealand or the United States of America today in the Hong Kong 7s.
MAIKELI SERU
SUVA
Our 7s team qualified for the quarterfinal after winning two pool matches; 42-7 over Wales and a runaway eight try 56 – 0 victory over Sri Lanka.
The peerless Osea Kolinisau-captained Vodafone Fiji 7s team looked unstoppable with formidable forms of Benito Masilevu, Emosi Mulevoro, Hong Kong debutant Vatemo Ravouvou and Waisea Nacuqu.
Joeli Lutumailagi started the scoring spree followed by Kolinisau and Ravouvou to lead 21-0 at halftime.
After the break, Waisea Nacuqu, Samuela Saqiwa (2), Apisai Domolailai, and replacement Samisoni Viriviri contributed to Fiji’s whitewash to move closer to the dream of the hat-trick title win.
Fiji was to play Kenya in their last pool match when this issue went to press last night.
Ben Ryan’s praises after the feat over Sri Lanka fell on our nippy trio – Masilevu, Nacuqu and Ravouvou.
“The young halfbacks are great impressions but pressure has not come to them yet. They looked to have mixed with the environment and we have four to five playmakers. We have to give them the chance to get experience and game time and they will get better,” Ryan said.
He said Kenya were renowned for their physical game and tackle bursting runs and were good at getting possessions from kick-offs – an area Fiji had struggled in.
He said Waisale Serevi’s presence in the team boosted the players.
“With Oscar (Kolinisau), Pio Tuwai, Setefano, Joeli and Serevi, and me on top, there is no chance we are going to let anyone in.
“We are going to keep working hard and set the pace. So far it has been hard work and teamwork. We cover right, rest right, eat right and play right to be back for the next game,” he said. Proceedings start with the Bowls quarterfinals at 2pm (Fiji time) today.
Fiji, winner of Pool A, is expected to play at 3.28pm against the runner of Pool D (New Zealand or USA) in the first Cup quarter.
The Cup final will be at 11pm.
Results when this issue went to press last night:
France 14 – 10 Spain, Argentina 19 – 7 Portugal, Scotland 14 – 19 Samoa, Kenya 7 – 10 Wales, Fiji 56 – 0 Sri Lanka, Australia 26 – 0 France, South Africa 22 – 14 Spain, Canada 14 – 7 Argentina, England 21 – 7 Portugal, United States 10 – 15 Scotland, New Zealand 26 – 7 Samoa, Fiji 42 – 7 Wales, South Africa 31 – 7 France, England 19 – 12 Argentina, New Zealand 33 – 0 Scotland , Kenya 41 – 0 Sri Lanka, Australia 28 – 14 Spain, Canada 35 – 7 Portugal, United States 26 – 12 Samoa.
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