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Shock Start Fires Up Fijians

The Vodafone Fijian 7s finished second in their pool after losing their first game 17-19 to Samoa and winning their remaining two pool games against Russia and Australia on day
15 May 2017 14:23
Shock Start Fires Up Fijians
Vodafone Fijian 7s rover Sevuloni Mocenacagi breaks through the Australian defence in their final pool match on May 14, 2017 during the Paris Sevens. Photo: Ian Muir

The Vodafone Fijian 7s finished second in their pool after losing their first game 17-19 to Samoa and winning their remaining two pool games against Russia and Australia on day one of the Paris 7s.

 

FIJI 17-19 SAMOA

Kalione Nasoko drew first blood for the Fijians with a try in third minute but Paris 7s defending champions Samoa replied with a try two minutes later from Tomasi Alosio to take the lead by two points after the conversion by Alatasi Tupou, 7-5. Good defence from the Samoans was not enough to stop Sevuloni Moceinacagi from scoring a try just before halftime while captain Osea Kolinisau kicked a conversion to give Fiji a five point lead at half time, 12-7.

 

Halftime: Fiji 12-7 Samoa

Fiji continued the momentum in the second spell with a try from Vatemo Ravouvou to extend their lead, 17-7. But Fiji could not hold their defence letting Samoa’s Lafaele Tuliu Vaa and Elisapeta Alofipo to score a try each to draw 17-17. Samoan Captain Tila Mealoi edged the Fijians with a successful conversion to win their game, 19-17.

 

FIJI 54-0 RUSSIA

Coming off from their loss to Samoa, Fiji were determined to not allow that to happen again. Russian stood no chance as Fiji completely dominated the first half with two tries each from Mesulame Kunavula and Kalione Nasoko with Vatemo Ravouvou adding six points from the boot to lead 26-0 at halftime.

The second half was not as different as Russia could not get a breakthrough allowing Fiji score four more tries. Kunavula score two more tries while Waisea Nacuqu and Amenoni Nasilasila scored a try each to have a comfortable 54-0 victory over Russia.

 

FIJI 31-14 AUSTRALIA

Fiji started off with a yellow card to Sevuloni Moceinacagi in the second minute. That did not dampen the spirits of the team as Waisea Nacuqu and Mesulame Kunavula scored a try each while Australia’s James Stannard managed to keep the gap close at halftime with Fiji leading 14-7.

 

Halftime: Fiji 14-7 Australia

Nacuqu kicked off the second spell with a try to extend their lead, 19-7. With 11 minutes into the game, Henry Hutchison gave the Aussies a ray of hope with his try plus two points from Stannard, 14-19. Fiji was too strong and stomped their way to the try line by Moceinacagi and Nasoko to give Fiji their second win on day one, 31-14.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

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