So Close For Fijiana

It was a case of ‘so close yet so far’ for the Telecom Fijiana 7s team as they went down 19-17 to England in the Women’s Sevens in Dubai Cup
03 Dec 2016 11:14
So Close For Fijiana
Lavenia Tinai looks for support against England in the Cup Quaterfinal yesterday. INSET: England offloads against Telecom Fijiana. Photo: Ian Muir

It was a case of ‘so close yet so far’ for the Telecom Fijiana 7s team as they went down 19-17 to England in the Women’s Sevens in Dubai Cup quarter-final yesterday.

Fiji put on a good performance against the English side holding them 5-5 in the first half with a try from Lavenia Tinai after England’s Heather Fisher scored in the second minute.

The second spell saw Fiji shine as captain Ana-Maria Roqica and Rusila Nagasau scored a try each to lead England 17-5 with the two points added from Tinai. However, with three minutes to play, Fiji could not hold their lead as Alice Richardson and Joanne Watmore scored a try each, which was converted to steal the win.

Meanwhile, Fiji managed to finish in second place in their pool with six points behind table leaders New Zealand.

Fiji 21-14 France

Timaima Tamoi drew first blood in the 2nd  which was converted by Lavenia Tinai,7-0. France replied two minutes later with a try to Camille Grassineau converted by Pauline Biscarat, 7-7. Fiji kept their composure resulting in Viniana Riwai scoring the second try which was converted for Fiji to lead 14-7 at halftime.

Riwai got her second try in the second spell with Tinai converting another two points to give Fiji a comfortable lead, 21-7. France managed to score a try through Rose Thomas.

Fiji 10-19 New Zealand

New Zealand showed their dominance in the first half with tries to Katarina Whata-Simpkins and Ruby Tui with Tyla Nathan-Wong adding four points from her boot to give New Zealand a 19-0 lead Fiji at halftime. Asena Yalewalili and Rusila Nagasau scored for Fiji.

Fiji 17-17 Ireland

Playing their third and last pool game, Fiji needed to step up to qualify for the knockout stages. Miriama Naiobasali scoring two tries but Ireland’s Amee-Leigh Murphy-Crowe scored for 7-10 halftime score.

Fiji scored through Lavenia Tinai who also kicked the conversion to lead 17-7. But Ireland did not give up as Nicole Cronin powered her way to score followed by Aoife Doyle to end the game 17-17.

Edited by Osea Bola.




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