SPORTS

WE LEAD TIGHT RACE

  The Vodafone Fijian 7s team lead the World Sevens Series standings again after the end fourth leg in Sydney yesterday.. The Ben Ryan-coached side beat South Africa 26-12 at
08 Feb 2016 10:58
WE LEAD TIGHT RACE
New Zealand’s Augustine Pulu tries to shrug off Pio Tuwai in the Cup semifinal of the Sydney 7s yesterday. New Zealand won 14-12. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

 

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team lead the World Sevens Series standings again after the end fourth leg in Sydney yesterday..

The Ben Ryan-coached side beat South Africa 26-12 at the Allianz Stadium for 3rd /4th playoff.

Fiji, South Africa and New Zealand shared the lead on 69 points after Dubai, Cape Town, Wellington and Sydney tournaments.

After a gruelling Cup semifinal against New Zealand, Fiji fell short 14-12 finding it difficult to break through the Kiwi defence wall.

But it was sweet revenge for the Fijians who lost to South Africa 31-0 in the Cup semifinal in Wellington the previous weekend.

Despite New Zealand winning the Wellington and Sydney 7s series back-to-back, Fiji still remain at the top of the ladder with six more legs to go in Las Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris and London.

Fiji will have four weeks to prepare for the next leg in Las Vegas where they are the defending champions.

The USA Sevens is set for March 5 – 7.

 

Fiji 26-12 South Africa

Isake Katonibau broke the defence early offloading to Seremaia Tuwai who scored the first try with  Vatemo Ravouvou kicking the conversion, 7-0. With a couple of high tackles, South Africa’s Rosko Specman was given a yellow card which Fiji took advantage of. A quick chip from Ravouvou allowed captain Osea Kolinisau to score the second try for Fiji, 14-0. A minute later, Kolinisau scored his second try taking advantage of the gaps left open by the Africans which put them in a comfortable 21-0 lead at halftime, 21-0.

South Africa came back more composed in the second half, applying pressure on the Fijian defence. Dylan Sage put the first points up on the board with an easy try under the post; Specman adding the extra two points, 7-21.

A minute later, Sandile Ngcobo found a gap in the Fijian defence scoring South Africa’s second try, 12-21. Fiji having to defend more paid off with a turnover ball resulting in Savenaca Rawaca scoring the final try.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

Fijisun E-edition
Tanoa Waterfront Lautoka Fiji
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: