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Nacuqu Seals Oceania Win

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Waisea Nacuqu sealed the win against New Zealand in the Cup final last night. Locked 12-12 at fulltime, the Votua, Ba native scored the
11 Nov 2018 12:12
Nacuqu Seals Oceania Win
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s wing Waisea Nacuqu breaks the New Zealand defence during the Oceania 7s final at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Waisea Nacuqu sealed the win against New Zealand in the Cup final last night.

Locked 12-12 at fulltime, the Votua, Ba native scored the winning try to defend the Oceania Sevens Championship title 17-12 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

“I saw the tryline and I went for it, I didn’t give up.  I just kept reminding myself that I had to believe and trust myself,” Nacuqu said.

The 25-year-old dedicated the win to his family in Ba.

“I want to dedicate this win to my family and all the Fijian fans.”

Fiji got off to a strong start with a first try to Josua Vakurinabili with  Vatemo Ravouvou missing the conversion.

New Zealand scored their opening try through Andrew Knewstubb who kicked the conversion, 7-5.

The Fijians scored their second try through Alasio Naduva and Ravouvou was successful with the conversion as they lead 12-7 at halftime.

Both teams lifted intensity in the second half as New Zealand co-captain Dylan Collier scored in the 14th minute and the try was not converted,

Fulltime:  Fiji 12-12 NZ.

But Nacuqu had the last laugh with his try and brought joy to the local fans.

 

GOOD START

New Zealand 7s assistant coach Tomasi Cama Jnr believes it was a good start for them building up to the new 2018-19 World Sevens Series.

“I’m excited and it’s good building up to the series. The young players are all excited,” Cama said.

 

– Edited by Osea Bola

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