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LA 7s: A-Game Is A Must

The Fijians started strongly with Meli Derenalagi being held up over the try line but they maintained possession with Tuwai crashing over for the first try which was converted by Napolioni Bolaca for a 7-0 lead.
02 Mar 2020 09:29
LA 7s: A-Game Is A Must
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s halfback Jerry Tuwai forces his way over to score the first try against France during the Pool A clash of the Los Angeles Sevens at the Dignity Health Sports Park in USA on March 1, 2020. Fij won 33-28 to top their pool and qualify to today’s Cup quarterfinal clash against England. Photo: World Rugby.

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team must put on their A-game if they are to win the Los Angeles Sevens, says their veteran halfback.

Speaking after their close 33-28 win over France, Tuwai said, after their win in Sydney they’ve talked about it as a team and how they are going to go about it.

“Everytime we come to a tournament we must bring our A-game,” he said.

“France is not an easy team to play with. We kept on doing what we could do to unlock them (France).”

The Fijians started strongly with Meli Derenalagi being held up over the try line but they maintained possession with Tuwai crashing over for the first try which was converted by Napolioni Bolaca for a 7-0 lead.

Veteran prop Sevuloni Mocenacgi extended the lead with a well taken try and Bolaca added the extras to make it 14-0.

France hit back with two tries to Paulin Riva after Aminiasi Tuimaba was yellow carded leaving the scores 14-14 at halftime.

The French took the lead through Jonathan Laugel’s converted try but the Fijian struck back with tries to Derenalagi, Bolaca and Asaeli Tuivuaka.

The Gareth Baber coached-side started their campaign with a 45-7 drubbing of South Korea with winger Alasio Naduva running in three tries.

But they ended the day with a runway 38-14 win over Argentina with Tuimaba scoring twice and was tenacious in defence.

DAY ONE RESULTS

NZ 42-7 Wales, England 5-22 Spain, Argentina 26-26 France, Fiji 45-7 South Korea, Ireland 17-12 Canada, South Africa 31-5 Kenya, USA 19-17 Samoa, NZ 21-7 Spain, England 31-14 Wales, Argentina 45-19 Korea, Fiji 33-28 France, Ireland 12-29 Kenya, South Africa 33-5 Canada, Australia 31-5 Samoa, USA 33-12 Scotland, Wales 24-14 Spain, England 17-21 NZ, France 31-12 South Korea, Fiji 38-14 Argentina, Canada 24-0 Kenya, South Africa 19-19 Ireland, Scotland 14-19 Samoa, USA 7-17 Australia
Edited by Lusiana Tuimaisala

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