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Fijians Crowned Champions

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team defeated New Zealand 21-5 in the Cup final of the Oceania Sevens Championship in Noosa, Australia yesterday. New Zealand took the early lead but Fiji
05 Oct 2014 17:09
Fijians Crowned Champions
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Eroni Mawi (fourth from left), Osea Waqa (fifth from left) and Mosese Voka (sixth from left) with Fijian fans in London on November 14, 2019. Photo: FRU Media

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team defeated New Zealand 21-5 in the Cup final of the Oceania Sevens Championship in Noosa, Australia yesterday.
New Zealand took the early lead but Fiji responded with some dazzling play to wrest back the initiative with a converted try to make it 7-5 at halftime.
Then converted tries to Vatemo Ravouvou and Fiji 400-metre sprinter Niko Verekauta broke the game apart for Fiji whose defence and all round play was too strong for New Zealand.
Fiji captain Nasoni Roko was delighted with the result. “We worked very hard this week to ensure we were ready and coach Ben Ryan has done a good job with the boys,”Roko said.
“We knew New Zealand would be very physical and they are always hard to beat. Luckily we have some good talent and in Niko we have some very fast speed out wide.”
Early action in the men’s quarterfinals on Day Two saw Fiji concede its first points of the tournament to Tonga but it ran out 49-7 winners. Samoa proved too strong for Cook Islands 31-7, Australia had no trouble accounting for American Samoa 59-0 while New Zealand beat Papua New Guinea 54-0.
The semifinals were worth the entry fee as Fiji took on Pacific neighbours Samoa and old foes New Zealand and Australia went toe-to-toe. Fiji looked very comfortable beating Samoa 24-12 but New Zealand had to come from 14-0 down to overhaul Australia 19-14. Samoa beat a tired looking Australia 33-7 in the third and fourth play-off.
HSBC Sevens World Series qualification
For Tonga and Papua New Guinea there was some consolation at not progressing to the knockout stages. PNG finished the tournament in fifth place and therefore qualified, as the best placed non-core Sevens World Series team, to play at the 2015 HSBC Hong Kong and Wellington legs. Tonga finished in sixth place and qualified as the second best non-core team and won qualification to the Hong Kong Sevens also.

Day Two – results
Final: Fiji 21 New Zealand 5; Semifinals
Fiji 24 Samoa 12, Australia 14 New Zealand 19
Quarterfinals: Fiji 49 Tonga 7, Samoa 31 Cook Islands 7, Australia 59 American Samoa 0, New Zealand 54 Papua New Guinea 0.
5th- 8th semi-finals: Tonga 29 Cook Is 5, American Samoa 10 Papua New Guinea 27;
9th – 12th semifinals: Solomon Islands 14 Tahiti 12
New Caledonia 0 Niue 19; 3rd-4th play-off
Samoa 33 Australia 7
5th-6th play-off: Papua New Guinea 26 Tonga 17;
7th-8th play-off: Cook Islands 36 American Samoa 19
9th-10th play-off: Solomon Islands 19 Niue 14; 11th-12th play-off: New Caledonia 31 Tahiti 10
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