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Fijiana Shine In Pool Plays

The Telecom Fijiana rugby 7s team gave Australia a tough battle before bowing 17-12 in their final pool clash during the 2016/17 World Sevens Series in Kitakyushu, Japan on Saturday
24 Apr 2017 13:59
Fijiana Shine In Pool Plays
Telecom Fijiana’s Miriama Naiobasali runs in to score the first try against Australia in their pool decider of the Kitakyushu Sevens on April 22, 2017 at the Mikuni World Stadium, Japan. Photo: Zimbio

The Telecom Fijiana rugby 7s team gave Australia a tough battle before bowing 17-12 in their final pool clash during the 2016/17 World Sevens Series in Kitakyushu, Japan on Saturday night.   

The Australian had to be thankful to their Fijian-born flyer Ellia Green for a strong start in the Pool B decider, scoring twice for a 12-0 halftime lead for the series champions.

The Fijians who were so impressive against Ireland and Brazil, couldn’t find a way through until the final few minutes when tries by Miriama Naiobasali and captain Ana Maria Roqica had Australia hanging on for a 17-12 win to preserve their perfect record.

Earlier on the Fijiana’s quest for a first Cup semi-final appearance could not have got off to a better start with a record 45-0 defeat of Ireland, the Pacific islanders throwing the ball around at will and leaving their opponents all at sea, flying winger Tima Ravisa and Raijieli Daveua crossing for two apiece.

Brazil caused them a few problems early on but Fijiana finished strongly with Miriama Naiobasali grabbing four of their six tries in a 34-7 win to confirm their quarter-final place.

Australia were equally impressive in their first two matches, coach Tim Walsh’s strategy of giving youth a chance to shine in Japan paying off with Demi Hayes, Emma Sykes (2) and Dominique du Toit all crossing in a 38-0 win over Brazil first up. Olympic gold medallists Emilee Cherry and Ellia Green (2) were then among the try scorers in a dominant 36-0 defeat of Ireland.

Brazil, battling for their survival as a core team for the 2017-18 series, ensured they will take some momentum into day two with 27-10 victory over Ireland with five different players crossing for tries, among them Edna Santini, Bianca Silva and Raquel Kochhann.

Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe did score twice for Ireland, including a long-range try, but they will need to regroup after a disappointing day one.

FIJIANA POINT SCORERS

  • Ireland (2 tries: Timaima Ravisa, Raijeli Daveua; Tries: Asinate Savu, Ana Maria Roqica, Miriama Naiobasali.  Conversions: Lavenia Tinai (5)
  • Brazil (4 tries: Miriama Naiobasali; 2 tries: Timaima Ravisa. Conversions: Lavenia Tinai (2)
  •  Australia ( Tries: Miriama Naiobasali, Ana Maria Roqica. Conversion: Lavenia Tinai)

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