I Came To Do A Job: Ravouvou

I came to do a job and I made sure that it was done, says New Zea­land 7s wing Joe Ravouvou. The Mavua, Nadroga native told SUNsports after he scored
24 Jul 2018 10:00
I Came To Do A Job: Ravouvou
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Alasio Naduva(left) being consoled by New Zealand 7s captain Scott Curry after the Rugby World Cup semifinal loss at AT&T Park, San Francisco on July 23, 2018. Photo: World Rugby

I came to do a job and I made sure that it was done, says New Zea­land 7s wing Joe Ravouvou.

The Mavua, Nadroga native told SUNsports after he scored two tries as they upset the Fiji Airways Fiji­an 7s team 22-17 in the Rugby World Cup Sevens semifinal at the AT&T Park in San Francisco, yesterday.

“We were given a list of what to do and that went with our game plan,” he said.

Ravouvou indicated that their game plan was to spread the ball out wide and not to commit the big­ger Fijian players.

New Zealand 7s utility back Regan Ware said it was special to win against Fiji but they had to execute a simple game plan to do it.

A shell shocked Fijian side marched off the ground into the team bus and headed back to the hotel.

A World Rugby official told the press that the team will be available for comments after their 3rd/4th playoff against South Africa.

“They need to talk in their hotel before they are ready for inter­view,” he said.

Ravouvou’s speed saw him ran away from Josua Tuisova to score the first try in the first minute with Kurt Baker’s conversion going wide.

Despite sloppy play the Fijians re­plied in the 4th minute through a Semi Radradra try with Amenoni Nasilasila’s conversion going over 7-5. But their joy was short-lived with a Dylan Collier try as the Ki­wis led 10-5.

Then a minute into extra time Nasilasila scored missing as they led 12-10 at halftime.

It was all New Zealand in the sec­ond half with tries to Ware and Ra­vouvou while Fiji pulled one back with a Alasio Naduva try.


In the first semi-final top seed South Africa went down 29-7 to England.

England captain Tom Mitchell said: “As world champions two years in a row, South Africa have shown how good they are so I am in­credibly impressed with the squad for that win.

“Mentally it’s so important to come out with the right attitude and to be able to perform when it matters and that’s exactly what the boys did there. We had some very clear tactics but to be able to deliv­er that result with the heart and the passion that we pride ourselves on is amazing.”

The Blitzboks scored the first try through Selvyn Davids who con­verted it for a 7-0 lead. The English­man hit back with tries to Harry Glover, Mitchell and Ruaridh McC­onnochie with two being converted as they led 19-7 at halftime.

With a handy lead England kept on the pressure with tries to Oliver Lindsay- Hague and Dan Norton.


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