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Tuwai: One Game At A Time

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team are not carried away with their three pool game wins on the first day of the London 7s at Twickenham yesterday. Captain Seremaia Tuwai
04 Jun 2018 10:00
Tuwai: One Game At A Time
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s playmaker Amenoni Nasilasila finds his way past the Scottish defenders during the London 7s at Twickenham, London on June 2,2018. Fiji won 39-12. Photo: Bruce Southwick/Zoom Fiji

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team are not carried away with their three pool game wins on the first day of the London 7s at Twickenham yesterday.

Captain Seremaia Tuwai said for them it was a matter of taking one game at a time.

“I thank my team-mates for their hard work in our pool games. It was all power and pace and for now we’re going for our recovery,” he said.

The Fijians opened their campaign with a hard fought 28-19 win over Argentina followed by the 39-12 defeat of defending champions Scotland before beating arch rivals New Zealand 27-7.

In the final pool game, Amenoni Nasilasila opened the scoring from a kick through, Josua Tuisova went over from a break down the sideline, and Semi Radradra, who starred in the Barbarians’ win against England last weekend on the same ground, powered over for a 17-0 lead at halftime.

More tries by Tuisova and Waisea Nacuqu pushed it to 27-0 before New Zealand mustered a reply through Sam Dickson.

Ireland, Wales, and Spain beat each other in their pool but Ireland won out on point’s difference to finish runner-up to Australia. Ireland became the first invited team to make a quarterfinals since Japan in 2016 at Las Vegas.South Africa, which lost the series lead to Fiji in the last round in Singapore, welcomed back Seabelo Senatla after he missed four rounds. They sailed past Russia and Canada but were cut down by an inconsistent Samoa 21-12. The US conceded a late equalising try to Kenya, which couldn’t nail a winning conversion. The Americans then pursued a comeback against host England. Toulon duo Radradra and Tuisova are going to play a crucial role going into the second day of competition.

Tuwai said they are grateful to the duo for making time to come and play with them.

“They connected well with us since we’ve been playing together before,” he added.

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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