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Tuwai Misses Kenya Clash

Tuwai Misses Kenya Clash
Kenya’s Collins Injera looks for support as he is tackled by Kalione Nasoko during their final pool match of the Canada Sevens in Vancouver on March 12, 2018. Photo: World Rugby
March 12
11:00 2018

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team won all their pool games in the Canada Sevens in Vancouver yesterday.

Playing without captain, Seremaia Tuwai, the side managed to beat Kenya 24-21 in their final match to top the pool.

Plucky Waisea Nacuqu took up the halfback position while Olympian Vatemo Ravouvou manned the playmaker’s berth with Sevuloni Mocenacagi at rover while Eroni Sau was at wing.

Kenya took an early lead 7-0 lead when veteran Collins Injera ran in his 250th try in the series.

But the Fijians immediately replied through Kalione Nasoko’s try after he was set-up by Josua Vakurunabili. They took a 12-7 lead when Sau raced in to score and in the dying moments of the first half Nacuqu copped a yellow card for deliberately knocking the ball away from the Kenyans.

Head coach Gareth Baber urged the players to keep up with their defensive structure.

Again Kenya started strongly as they scored at the start of the second half to take a slender 14-12 lead.

Replacement playmaker Amenoni Nasilasila crashed his way over the tryline as they regained the lead 19-14. The Kenyans found it hard to contain lanky forward Mesulame Kunavula who scored a try to extend the score to 24-14 and in the dying moments of the game Kenya scored their third try to narrow the deficit 24-21.

In their earlier games Fiji walloped Spain 45-5 while against France, Tuwai scored two brilliant tries as they went on to win 38-7.

Series leaders South Africa are going out a different side today, says captain, Philip Snyman.

He told World Rugby that after their 33-14 loss to New Zealand in their pool game, they are determined to change all that when they come out in the playoffs.

“We’ve to be aggressive in the breakdown and dominate the contact area. So we’ve reached the Cup quarterfinals and we need to put things together when the chip is down and come out a totally different side tomorrow.”

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua





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