Rugby

Baber’s Men Tested

The game was stopped for a few minutes right on the hooter that caused a lot of frustration to Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber who constantly raised the issues to the match officials.
28 Mar 2021 14:14
Baber’s Men Tested
Fijian 7s coach, Gareth Baber (second from left) questions referee Tevita Vosalevu on his decision while touch judge and Seremaia Tuwai looks on during the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at the ANZ Stadium on March 27, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

The Fiji Shadow team were taken to the wire in the elimination rounds edging Wardens 14-10 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday.

Referee Tevita Vosalevu checked numerous times on the big screen and disallowed the try ruling it a knock on.

The game was stopped for a few minutes right on the hooter that caused a lot of frustration to Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber who constantly raised the issues to the match officials.

At full time officials had to review the call and reverse the decisions giving the Fiji Shadow team the victory.

According to referee coach Johnson Lee the decision made by Vosalevu was correct.

“The call was right because the Wardens’ players stepped out when tackled by Meli Derenalagi,” he said.

A determined Wardens side would have scored an upset with a last minute try from Esala Nalobo.

Meanwhile, Baber said the Fiji Shadow players lost concentration towards the end of the game.

“A couple of games where we got up ahead and we let a couple of key moments of the game go,” he said.

“We know for every team when they play us it is like the Cup final.

“That’s a good thing for us because it makes us be at the level that we need to be at in this kind of tournament and situation.”

Baber’s men were also tested when they edged Island Life USA Raiwasa Taveuni7-5 in pool play on Friday.

Many fans thought Asaeli Tuivuaka should have been red carded when he struck an opponent during a scrum.

 



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