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Fijiana Faces South Africa

The Telecom Fijiana team plays South Africa in the Bowl semifinal of the World Rugby Women Sevens Series in Sao Paulo today. This was after winning only one of their
09 Feb 2015 07:13
Fijiana Faces South Africa
Actions from the Fiji - China game during the World Rugby Women Sevens Series in Sao Paulo yesterday. Photo: World Rugby

The Telecom Fijiana team plays South Africa in the Bowl semifinal of the World Rugby Women Sevens Series in Sao Paulo today.

This was after winning only one of their pool games yesterday.

Fiji beat China 33-7 before going down to host nation Brazil, 26-14, in what was regarded as the first upset of the tournament and later were thumped by Australia 38-7.

Fiji 33-7 China

Fiji came out strong in the first half with a quick try from Roela Radiniyavuni to put Fiji in the lead 5-0 in the first few minutes of the first half.

It wasn’t long until the second try came for Fiji from Ana Maria Roqica with a successful conversion from vice-captain Elina Ratauluva to extend Fiji’s lead to 12-0. Fiji again sealed their lead with another try before half time from Talica Vodo and converted by Ratauluva, 19-0.

The tries did not stop coming in the second spell with a brilliant fourth try from Brittany Coates to grab another five points with a successful conversion Rusila Tamoi, 26-0.

China finally pulled one back scoring a try before full time bringing the final score to 26-7.

Fiji 14-26 Brazil

It was one of the major upsets of the day as host nation Brazil upset the Fijians in the second pool match. Fiji started out strong with Roela Radiniyavuni scoring the first try of the game putting Fiji in the lead with a successful conversion from Elina Ratauluva, 7-0.

Brazil replied minutes later with a  try from captain Paula Ishibashi followed by a conversion from Thaís da Cruz Rocha to tie the scores 7-7.

Radiniyavuni showed her class on the field scoring her second try of the match with a successful conversion from vice captain Ratauluva to put Fiji in the lead again 14-7.

Brazil would not settle being sevens point behind before half time as Luiza Campos followed by a conversion from Rocha to level the scores 14-14 at halftime.

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