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Tough Day For 7s

The Vodafone Fijian Sevens team still lead the World Sevens Series standing despite coming in fourth in the inaugural Vancouver 7s in Canada yesterday. After recording an unbeaten run in
15 Mar 2016 10:14
Tough Day For 7s

The Vodafone Fijian Sevens team still lead the World Sevens Series standing despite coming in fourth in the inaugural Vancouver 7s in Canada yesterday.

After recording an unbeaten run in their pool matches coach Ben Ryan was expecting an even tougher second day of competition.

In the Cup quarterfinals, the Osea Kolinisau-led side played catch-up rugby, as they trailed the United States 19-5 at half time where Ryan challenged his players on whether they are good enough to handle the pressure.

He stressed to them during the half time break that if this was a quarter-final at the Olympic Games, would they have what it takes to reach the last four.

The side responded immediately as they held US 26-26 at the final whistle before winger Savenaca Rawaca scored the winning try during sudden death.

Unfortunately, the Vodafone Fijians could not pull another win against the Blitzbokka where they went down 31-19.

“That game against Fiji was some sevens spectacle wasn’t it?” said victorious South African Sevens coach Neil Powell.

“It had everything; it had tries, it had big collisions, it was ferocious at the contact area and like anything it is small margins, small decisions and that is the way of the world but as an advert for the game, what more could you ask for?”

Hoping to book third place in the inaugural series against Australia, the Fijians fell short after leading 12-7 at half time to lose 19-12 and settled for fourth spot.

The next leg of the World Sevens Series is on April 8-10 at Hong Kong followed by the Singapore Sevens a week later.

Fiji will now gear up for the seventh World Series which will take place in Hong Kong on April 8-10. The Vodafone Fijians will arrive into the country tomorrow.

 

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