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Sydney 7s: We’re Back!! But Don’t Get Carried Away, Cautions Coach Baber

The Fijians take on Wales at 2.19 pm today to determine who tops Pool A and qualifies for the Cup semi-final.
02 Feb 2020 11:48
Sydney 7s: We’re Back!! But Don’t Get Carried Away, Cautions Coach Baber
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s winger Aminiasi Tuimaba runs over New Zealand’s Kurt Baker to score the first of his two tries as they romped to a 26-5 win during the Sydney Sevens at the Bankwest Stadium in Australia on February 1, 2020. Tuimaba scored four tries in the first day of competition. Photo: Bruce Southwick/Zoom Fiji

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber was not carried away with the 26-5 win over New Zealand at the Sydney Sevens, Australia last night.

Baber said they have found their form, but only time would tell.

“Playing New Zealand is always like a final to us,” he said.

The Fijians take on Wales at 2.19 pm today to determine who tops Pool A and qualifies for the Cup semi-final.

The Welsh also bounced back last night to upset Kenya 26-21.

Barring any upset, the Fijians are likely to play England in the Cup semifinal.

Co-captain Meli Derenalagi lived up to his word after the Kenya 28-14 win that they were going to tighten up their defence and set piece play against New Zealand.

The Fijians planned to keep the ball closer to Derenalagi during the restarts as they kept possession and dominated play.

Winger Aminiasi Tuimaba ran in the first try with Napolioni Bolaca adding the extras to make it 7-0.

The Fijians piled on the pressure with Josua Vakurinabili leading the charge before Sevuloni Mocenacagi romped away to score the second try with the conversion going over to make it 14-0.

From the restart, Fiji claimed possession with Tuimaba dotting down his second try as they led 21-0 at halftime.

The Kiwis came back with a try to Regan Ware, but Fiji kept them at bay with Waisea Nacuqu diving over for the fourth try after Asaeli Tuivuaka bolted down the sideline taking two defenders with him.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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