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Fijians Too Strong For Wales

Fiji played Australia and South Africa met New Zealand earlier this morning in the Dubai Sevens semifinals. The Ben Ryan-coached Vodafone Fiji 7s team – defending champions – qualified for
07 Dec 2014 10:30
Fijians Too Strong For Wales
Vodafone Fiji 7s rep Seremaia Tuwai on his way to scoring Fiji’s first try in the quarterfinal against Wales in the Dubai 7s last night. Fiji won 31 – 17 and played Australia in the semifinal. Photo: Ian Muir

Fiji played Australia and South Africa met New Zealand earlier this morning in the Dubai Sevens semifinals.

The Ben Ryan-coached Vodafone Fiji 7s team – defending champions – qualified for the semifinals after an impressive 31 – 17 win over Wales in the quarterfinals.

A tremendous start by the Fijians saw the floodgates opened by the elusive Seremaia Tuwai two minutes from kick-off. He clinically sliced his way through the Welsh defence for Fiji’s first try.

The Fijians dominated the first-half winning all possessions and with the likes of experienced front rower Isake Katonibau who led the team well in defence and was strong in attack as he tapped the ball to Semi Kunatani who broke through the Welsh defence to score Fiji’s second try. Conversion – captain Osea Kolinisau.

Buca, Natewa lad Tuwai scored his second try after dazzling through Wales defence line to score under the post for Fiji’s third try. Conversion –  Kolinisau.

Just minute to half-time Bua native, Savenaca Rawaca held the ball on one hand like Fijian 7s legend Mesake Rasari years ago in the Hong Kong 7s   and ripped his way through a wall of red jumpers, only to be stopped by the try line. Fiji led Wales 24-0 at the breather.

And the dominance continued. Fiji capitalised on a Wales mistake and captain Osea Kolinisau fed a simple pass to Apisalome Waqatabu on the blind side to touch down his eighth try of the season.

Wales exploited Fiji’s weakness in the backline and punched in through replacement rover Nasoni Roko for a try each to Jason Harries and Rhodri Davies before fulltime sealed Fiji’s 31 – 17 win.

In other quarterfinals: Australia 22-17 Scotland, South Africa 40-0 Argentina, New Zealand 29-7 England

Bowl quarterfinals: France 42-19 Canada, USA 14-12 Japan, Portugal 19-0 Brazil, Samoa 40-5 Kenya

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