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We’re On Course

  The Vodafone Fijian 7s team were undefeated in their pool games on Day One at the Canada Sevens to qualify for the Cup quarterfinals at BC Place, Vancouver yesterday.
14 Mar 2016 15:10
We’re On Course
HSBC president/chief executive Sandra Stuart (right), and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson with the Canada Sevens trophy which will be at stake today. Photo: World Rugby

 

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team were undefeated in their pool games on Day One at the Canada Sevens to qualify for the Cup quarterfinals at BC Place, Vancouver yesterday.

The defending champions of the World Sevens Series and tournament winners in Dubai and Las Vegas are leading the standings on 91 points.

A win today could be historic for the Osea Kolinisau-captained team in that they could become the first team to win the Canada Sevens and the first back-to-back win for Fiji since the World Sevens Series started in 1999.

 

Fiji 38-5 Samoa

Jasa Veremalua scored the first try in the first minute followed by a successful conversion from Kitione Taliga to lead 7-0.

But the Samoans bridged the gap through Belgium Tuatagaloa.

 

 

Halftime: Fiji 7-5 Samoa

Fiji dominated the second spell shutting out the Samoans with tries from Seremaia Tuwai, Nemani Nagusa, Sevuloni Moceinacagi and Emosi Mulevoro.

 

Fiji 62-0 Portugal

It was a walk in the park for Fiji with Masivesi Dakuwaqa getting the first try followed by Savenaca Rawaca which was not converted by captain Osea Kolinisau.

Veremalua scored two tries with another one from Kitione Taliga followed by two successful conversions gave Fiji a 29-0 lead at halftime.

 

Halftime: Fiji 29-0 Portugal

Second spell saw Taliga put on a spectacular show taking advantage of Portugal’s weak defence as he scored two tries completing his hat-trick, adding four points from his boots brought the score to 43-0.

Dakuwaqa also got a hat-trick scoring another two tries with Mulevoro getting the last try.

 

 

Fiji 24-19 Kenya

Veremalua drew first blood with Taliga putting the extra two points on the board, 7-0. Kenya worked hard to tighten their defence to keep a relentless Fiji at bay. But it did not work as Emosi Mulevoro broke through to score the second try, 12-0. Using their speed to their advantage, Kenya’s Collins Injera beat defenders to score the first try, 12-5. Two minutes later Oscar Ouma scored the second try for Kenya, Adema’s perfect conversion levelled the scores 12-12 at halftime.

 

Halftime: Fiji 12-12 Kenya

Veremalua got his second try of the match taking advantage of the gaps in the Kenyan defence, 17-12. Bringing on fresh legs paid off for Kenya as Sammy Oliech replied two minutes later with a try, a successful conversion from Adema gave Kenya the lead 19-17. With just a minute left to play, Taliga  scored the winning try with the conversions by Kolinsau.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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