Ben Ryan: Well Done, Girls

The Telecom Fijiana side got off to a strong start in the opening day of the Oceania 7s Olympic qualifier in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday. The Chris Cracknell-coached side thumped
15 Nov 2015 10:47
Ben Ryan: Well Done, Girls
Louisa Tisolo of Fiji makes a break during the World Sevens Oceania Olympic Qualification match between Fiji and the Cook Islands on November 14, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Telecom Fijiana side got off to a strong start in the opening day of the Oceania 7s Olympic qualifier in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday.

The Chris Cracknell-coached side thumped Cook Islands in the first match 48-0, walloped Tonga 62-0 and defeated Samoa 41-0 in their final match yesterday.

The three wins enabled the side to secure their spot in the semifinal with the final pool game against Papua New Guinea to be played at 10.22am today.

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan commended the players and head coach Chris Cracknell for their hard work.

“The girls did really well, Chris is mentoring the girls and Tanivula as well and I’m mentoring Chris,”Ryan said.

“He has worked with English women for couple of years from age group and he is a good young coach exactly what the programme needed,” Ryan said.

“He loves every minute of opportunity to be coaching a bunch of talented players.”

Former Australia captain Rebecca Tavo was instrumental in their attack and in support plays alongside Litia Naiqato who played a huge role in winning kickoff and was ruthless in defence.

Tavo said they played to their game plan yesterday.

“We made sure to hold onto the ball and just enjoy the game,” Tavo said.

The semifinals in the women’s division will be played at 12.58pm while the final is scheduled for 5.32pm.


Fiji vs Cook Islands

It was a scrappy start from both the sides in the early minutes of the first half but the experience Fijiana side using their skills and speed allowed Tima Ravisa running through the Cooks defence line to score their first try under the post and converted her try.

The side looked ruthless in defence and denied the Cooks possessions which saw captain Ana Maria Roqica running in under the post for their second try. Just minute to halftime lanky Litia Naiqato scored their third try. Asinate Savu was successful with two conversions. Fiji led 21-0 at halftime.

The Fijians continued their domination in the second half displaying great support play with the influence of Tavo allowed Ravisa to score her second try.

The Fijiana side finished off their opening game with two tries to Roqica while Naiqato and Luisa Tisolo scoring a try each.


Fiji vs Tonga

The Telecom Fijiana side maintained momentum in their second meet to wallop Tonga 62-0.

The Fijians played superbly well in their breakdown areas and winning turnovers which allowed them to score five tries in the first half Rusila Nagasau and Tima Ravisa scoring two tries each and Captain Ana Roqica scoring first try and Asinate Savu successful with three penalties. Fiji led 31-0 at half time.

The Chris Cracknell coached side lifted intensity in the second half moving the ball around in open space finding gaps and always looking hungry for possession.

Litia Naiqato scored a double, Lavenia Tinai, Luisa Tisolo and Asinate Savu scored a try each. Savu was successful with three conversions establishing a big score margin at fulltime.


Fiji vs Samoa

The Fijians looked more ruthless in their defence in their final game against Samoa yesterday establishing an easy 41-0 win at fulltime.

The Samoan team featured majority of New Zealand based players but this did not deter the Fijians in the opening minutes of scrappy first half. The women in blue provided the pressure in the first four minutes but couldn’t keep up with the Fijians.

Ravisa provided a strong finish in the first half after scoring a double and Viniana Riwai scoring her lone try for the match while Asinate Savu successful with two conversions. The Fijians led 19-0 at halftime.

The Fijians dominated the second half enjoying most possessions seeing Lavenia Tinai scoring a double while Ravisa and Rusila Nagasau scoring a try each to establish their third win.


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