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Good First Day: Kolinisau

Vodafone Fijian 7s captain Osea Kolinisau is proud of the way the team performed on the first day of the World Sevens Series in Dubai. Fiji is one of four
04 Dec 2016 11:22
Good First Day: Kolinisau
Osea Kolinisau Photo: Ian Muir

Vodafone Fijian 7s captain Osea Kolinisau is proud of the way the team performed on the first day of the World Sevens Series in Dubai.

Fiji is one of four teams who have remained unbeaten in the pool stages winning all three games against Canada (26-19), Wales (24-12) and Argentina (22-19).

Starting off with a shaky first game against Canada, Fiji have played catch up rugby but has managed to barely escape each match up in a tough pool.

Sealing their Cup quarterfinal spot after beating Wales, Fiji needed a win against Argentina to lead the table.

Two yellow cards flashed to Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Nemani Nagusa put the side in danger of losing out on a three out of three win but they managed to pull through and Kolinisau said he is happy with the end result of all three games.

“Really happy on how we performed, we knew it was going to be tough but we got three wins in the bag, a win is a win,” Kolinisau said.

“We learnt a lot from our first two games. We knew against Argentina that they were going to throw the kitchen sink at us because they had already lost to Wales.

“But I am proud at how the boys were resilient even though we were down twice as they came back up because we had two yellow cards. But the win is an amazing testament to the group of boys we have.”

Dubai, known for its hot climate, has tested each team in the tournament as they struggled to deliver good results under the burning heat.

However, Kolinisau said the heat has been nothing to team as it feels just like playing at home. Countless hours spent at the sand dunes has prepared the team for the climate in Dubai and used it to their advantage.

“Canada, Wales and Argentina are very experienced, they like keeping possession but I am happy with the way we played,” he said.

“Although there are still a few areas we still need to improve on and learn but we are learning slowly.

“Playing in the heat is like playing back home but I think running in the sand dunes has prepared us for weather like this.

“I think that is one advantage that we have over the teams.”

Meanwhile, Setareki Bituniyata has started his debut in the tournament on a high note after scoring two tries. Bituniyata scored his first try in the game against Wales to further Fiji’s lead before halftime. And then scored his second in the game against Argentina breaking a 12-12 deadlock after halftime.

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