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Early Tries Clinch A Place

Two early tries saw the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team edged out England 14-7 in their pool clash of the Sydney 7s last night. That win saw the Kalione Nasoko-led
03 Feb 2019 10:35
Early Tries Clinch A Place
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s winger Alasio Naduva tries to run around England speedster Dan Norton during their Pool A clash of the Sydney 7s at the Spotless Stadium, Australia on February 2, 2019. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ ZoomFiji

Two early tries saw the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team edged out England 14-7 in their pool clash of the Sydney 7s last night.

That win saw the Kalione Nasoko-led side qualify for today’s Cup final The Fijians defended as England dominated possession but a loose ball saw a counter attack where Aminiasi Tuimaba scoring a runa­way try.

Leading 7-0, strong defence by Fiji’s captain Nasoko, Vilimoni Bo­titu, Meli Derenalagi and Sevuloni Mocencagi saw them keep their line intact.

A moment of brilliance for veter­an halfback Seremaia Tuwai who combined with Nasoko saw him go through to score the second try with Waisea Nacuqu’s conversion making it 14-0 at halftime.

Head coach Gareth Baber reiter­ated the importance of winning the re-start and to keep possession. A lapse of concentration from the Fijian defence saw winger Dan Norton alluding Tuimaba and run­ning past Tuwai for a try which Tom Mitchell as they trailed 14-7.

England rover Dan Bibby copped a yellow card for a professional foul that avoided Alasio Naduva from breaking away for a try.

In an earlier clash Japan scored an upset 21-17 win over Samoa.

Meanwhile, despite losing their pool games by big margins Tongan coach Tevita Tu’ifua said condi­tioning was a major challenge for his squad, with 11 of their 12 play­ers having made their World Se­ries debut a week ago.

“Sevens now is no easy game,” Tu’ifua who was once the Tonga assistant 7s coach to the late Etu­ate Waqa said.

“We had witnessed it in Hamilton and again here.

“We treat it as such so we are ex­pecting and we are loving the chal­lenge, so we are pretty much con­fident within our group the way we prepare and approach to this tournament.”

The Tongans are also building- up for the Hong Kong 7s where they will play in the Series quali­fication competition with the hope of playing in the 2019/2020 Series.

They’re confident of qualifying and joining Fiji and Samoa.

DAY ONE RESULTS

Scotland 7-10 Spain, New Zealand 27-14 Wales, Canada 24-14 Kenya, USA 7-0 France, Australia 14-29 Argentina, South Africa 45-5 Ton­ga, Samoa 12-24 England, Fiji 29-5 Japan, Scotland 12-26 Wales, New Zealand 41-0 Spain, Canada 12-17 France, USA 41-0 Kenya, Australia 32-0 Tonga, South Africa 25-10 Ar­gentina, Samoa 17-21 Japan, Fiji 14-7 England, Spain 21-5 Wales, New Zealand 42-0 Scotland, Kenya 17-40 France

– Edited by Osea Bola.

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