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Gregan: Anyone Can Win

Former Australian Wallabies rugby leg­end George Gregan has highlighted that New Zealand and South Africa are­favourites for today’s Cup final of the Sydney Sevens in Australia. Gregan told World Rugby
28 Jan 2018 11:00
Gregan: Anyone Can Win
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s prop Mesulame Kunavula runs away from the Russian defenders in their second pool game during the Sydney Sevens at the Allianz Stadium, Australia, on January 27, 2018. Photo: Kitione Rokomanu/ Zoom Fiji.

Former Australian Wallabies rugby leg­end George Gregan has highlighted that New Zealand and South Africa are­favourites for today’s Cup final of the Sydney Sevens in Australia.

Gregan told World Rugby that he was im­pressed with the Kiwis after they walloped Russia 61-0 on Friday night.

“New Zealand have come in regrouped and reformed,” he said.

“I’ve been impressed with the Blitzboks. They are an explosive and experienced team. They are always hungry. They have been the defending champions and just need to win one tournament to put their campaign back on track.”

However, Gregan said the Fijians should not be counted out as everyone knows what they are capable of.

“It’s a matter of getting things done on the day,” he added.

HIGH PENALTY COUNT

High penalty count against the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team is an area of concern as they progress into today’s Sydney Sevens playoffs.

The Fijians were taken to the wire by min­nows Russia before they pulled away to a 24-0 win in their second pool match yesterday.

The Seremaia Tuwai captained-side were pe­nalised for high tackles by Sevuloni Mocena­cagi and Amenoni Nasilasila while there were infringements in the breakdown.

Russia dominated possession in the first spell and had the Fijians defending desperately on their try line.

A counter attack saw Eroni Sau setting up space for Nasilasila to run in their first try. And it was Sau right on halftime that jinxed his way past the Russians to score the second try as they led 14-0 at halftime.

A rejuvenated Fijian side took the field in the second spell with tries to tireless forward Josua Vakuribili and Tuwai dotting down the fourth try after a break from Jasa Veremalua.

Edited by Osea Bola

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