Bronze medal finish for Fiji

May 30, 2022 4:50 am

[Source: World Rugby Sevens/ Twitter]

Fiji settled for bronze at the London 7s today after a 31-26 triumph over Samoa in the third place playoffs.

Samoa scored first, thanks to a Paul Scanlan try immediately after the kickoff.

Fiji replied moments later with a try to Elia Canakaivata.

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Napolioni Bolaca’s strong run saw him dive over for a try between the sticks.

Canakaivata and Bolaca combined to give the former Swire Shipping Fijian Drua star his second try of the match.

Fiji’s first-half dominance was secured with a Filipo Bukayaro try, giving them a commanding 24-7 lead.

Similar the game against New Zealand in the semi-final, Fiji started to become lax and Samoa took advantage of this.

It didn’t take long for Maliko and Uaina Sione to cross the Fijian tryline and put Samoa back in the game.

Josua Vakurubuli scored the winning try after fending off the Samoan defenders.

Fiji attempted to run the clock down while Samoa continued to apply pressure, but it wasn’t enough to give them the win.

Australia won the London 7s title after defeating New Zealand 19-14 in the final.