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HONG KONG 7S Quarterfinal scare Ben Ryan hopes Fiji will smile again after UNITED STATES give them a fright

Hong Kong: Fiji were made to work hard for the first time at the 2014 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens when they scrambled to a 17-5 win over the USA
31 Mar 2014 13:11

Hong Kong: Fiji were made to work hard for the first time at the 2014 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens when they scrambled to a 17-5 win over the USA in their Cup quarterfinal.
It was a result that flattered the Pacific islanders who raced into an early 12-0 lead after tries from Samisoni Viriviri and captain Osea Kolinisau, with Kolinisau adding one conversation.
However, a try from Mike Palefau got the Americans back to 12-5. After the break only a last-ditch tackle by Donasio Ratubuli stopped the USA grabbing a second try, and a minute later Brett Thompson looked to have touched down under the posts but the try was disallowed for a knock-on by the video referee.
It looked a harsh decision and Fiji capitalised on the let-off by racing up the field to score a try from Kolinisau again.
Fiji coach Ben Ryan knew things could have been worse for his side and thought the win was a wake-up call.
“Give credit to [the USA], they came back into the game at 12-0.
“We had a real gilt-edged chance to go 19-0 up but Sami [Viriviri] spilled the ball in the corner,” Ryan said.
“What the boys took from that is that you have to take the chances at this level. If we don’t we’ll lose.
“Even at two scores up those third and fourth scores all count, because teams don’t give up at this level. That’s what the USA did.
“That scare definitely stiffened the sinews. It’s now a matter of me getting them smiling again. We got a fright but no one has died.”
– South China Morning Post
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