Olympics

Tuwai: Pressure On Us

"Right now, we are the defending cham­pions of the Olympics, so all the pressure is on us," Tuwai told AP.
28 Jul 2021 12:37
Tuwai: Pressure On Us
Team Fiji men's rugby sevens captain and halfback Jerry Tuwai delivers a pass at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan on July 26, 2021. Fiji beat Great Britain 33-7 to top Pool B and Tuwai scored twice in their 19-0 win over Australia in the main quarterfinals last night. Photo: World Rugby

Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team last night beat Australia 19-0 in the main quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

Poor handling skills saw the Fijians take a 7-0 lead through captain Jerry Tuwai.

He again scored in the second half and the other try was from Aminiasi Tuima­ba

“Right now, we are the defending cham­pions of the Olympics, so all the pressure is on us,” Tuwai told AP.

“We’re not that satisfied about the performance today, but we have another day tomorrow.”

Earlier on Fiji beat Great Britain 33-7 in the final pool match.

Baber changed his line-up against Great Britain opting to start with Josua Vakurinabili, Asaeli Tuivuaka and Meli Derenalagi in the forwards.

Tuwai led the backs with Napolioni Bol­aca, Sireli Maqala and Jiuta Wainiqolo.

Fiji were aggressive in defence as they had the Great Britain forwards led by Harry Glover backpedalling most of the matches.

Great Britain conceded three tries in the first-half alone as Fiji romped home.

The first blow was struck when Tuivuaka barrelled over in the corner on three minutes.

And within 60 seconds a loose hand-off was pounced on as Maqala jinked over the line as winger Dan Norton slammed the turf in frustration.

Any GB hope was extinguished in the space of 45 seconds either side of the break.

First Norton’s ineffective tackle allowed Wainiqolo to rampage down the right.

And then another shoddy offload al­lowed Tuivuaka to fall over the line for his second try.

Meanwhile, favourites South Africa and the highly fancied USA are out of the gold medal contention.

Results

Playoffs: Ireland 31-0 RO Korea, Kenya 21-7. Main quarterfinals: New Zealand 21-10 Canada, Great Britain 26-21 USA, South Africa 14-19 Argentina, Fiji 19-0 Australia

 



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