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Nasoko, Naduva In Dream Team

Two Fijians are in the Cape Town Sev­ens Dream team. Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Ka­lione Nasoko and speedster Alosio Naduva were named after winning the second tour­nament of the
11 Dec 2018 10:13
Nasoko, Naduva In Dream Team

Two Fijians are in the Cape Town Sev­ens Dream team.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Ka­lione Nasoko and speedster Alosio Naduva were named after winning the second tour­nament of the World Sevens Series beating USA 29-15 in the Cup final.

Speedster Rosko Specman is the only South African and it was a fitting farewell for him.

He will not be available for the Blitzboks in the near future as he is set to join the Bulls in Super Rugby.

The others are USA’s Madison Hughes and Danny Barrett while the rest consists of Da­vid Afamasaga from Samoa and Sione Molia from New Zealand.

Fiji win upset home fans

South African hearts were broken at the Cape Town Sevens as the Blitzboks went down 17-12 to Fiji in the semi-finals yester­day.

The hosts were greeted by a rapturous home welcome by a near-packed Cape Town Stadium crowd.

After a couple of probing attacking move­ments, South Africa had the lead when speedster Siviwe Soyizwapi scored in the right hand corner.

But the lead did not last long as Fiji drew level 5-5 after Vilimoni Botitu broke through a Werner Kok tackle to score.

At 5-5, the Cape Town crowd fell silent.

It got worse for the hosts soon after, when first Soyizwapi knocked on and then Kok missed another tackle from the resulting set piece allowing Waisea Nacuqu to go through under the posts and give Fiji a 12-5 lead at halftime.

Specman scored under the poles and at 12-12, the match was set for a thrilling finale.

Fiji had a player yellow-carded with just over a minute remaining, but the Blitzboks could not capitalise on their chance.

With six men on the field, Fiji grabbed the winner in the dying seconds through substi­tute Alosio Sovita Naduva.

South Africa later responded from their loss by beating New Zealand 10-5 in a low-scoring Bronze final meeting.

England finished in fifth spot, overcom­ing an impressive Spain side 14-7, while the Challenge Trophy was claimed by Argenti­na, who defeated Samoa 38-14. Finally it was Kenya who came out on top in the 13th place final as they edged Wales 33-26.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj



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