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Fiji Rugby: Fiji Next, Australia Confident

After beating Wales 26-0 and Scot­land 24-12, head coach Tim Walsh was a happy man as his side stayed on course for a fourth consecutive Cup quarterfinal in Vegas.
03 Mar 2019 01:00
Fiji Rugby: Fiji Next, Australia Confident
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players during their warm-up session at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 1, 2019. They face Australia in their final pool clash today. Photo: Ian Muir

The Australian 7s team are con­fident of winning the USA 7s as they prepare to take on the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team in their final pool game at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas this morning.

After beating Wales 26-0 and Scot­land 24-12, head coach Tim Walsh was a happy man as his side stayed on course for a fourth consecutive Cup quarterfinal in Vegas.

“I thought that our defence and a ruck work was really the highlight,” he said.

Australian 7s captain Lewis Hol­land said as a team they believe they can win in Las Vegas.

“We’ve a great set of 12 players who are eager to play and those that get off the bench really came in to make a difference,” Holland said.

“Wales and Scotland put up a fight and they fought right to the end. This is sevens rugby and anything can happen as all teams are here to win as well.”

Looking to the Fiji clash, Holland said, there is nothing much to change but probably on their restarts.

The clash kicks-off at 7.52am.

ERANAVULA WITH FIJI BLOND 7S

Former Rugby World Cup 7s winger Luke Eranavula is at the Las Vegas 7s coaching the Fiji Blond 7s team in a competition which is run alongside the HSBC World Sevens Series at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

The Namatakula winger turned hooker played for the Fijian side that won the 1997 Rugby World Cup Sev­ens in Hong Kong.

The team was coached by the late Rupeni Ravonu and captained by Waisale Serevi. Eranavula also played for the New Zealand 7s team.

According to USFT, Eranavula’s Fiji Blond also had Kitione Taliga, a member of the Fijian 7s gold medal winning team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

SUPPORT FOR ASINATE

Also, at that tournament sevens mastero Waisale Serevi was on the sidelines to cheer on his daughter Asinate as her Scio 7s side beat Stars 28-12.

Fiji’s Honorary Consul in Canada Bobby Naicker and US Fiji Times CEO/ Publisher Rocky Ali Buksh and Fijian fans from Hawaii and USA also joined them show their support to the Serevi family.

Edited by Osea Bola

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