Fijiana denied semi-final spot

May 2, 2022 5:00 am

Sesenieli Donu. [Source: World Rugby/Supplied]

A strong second half performance by France denied Fijiana a place in the Langford 7s tournament.

France piled a 31-14 win over Fijiana in the first quarter-final this morning.

Fijiana started off well with two converted tries to Alowesi Nakoci and Reapi Uluinasau to lead 14-0.

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France finally hit the scoreboard following a nice team effort sending Chloe Pelle to the try-line.

Fiji led 14-5 at the breather.

The Tokyo Olympics Silver medalists took control in the second half, kicking deep into Fiji’s territory and forming a solid defensive wall that forced errors from the Fijians.

A scrambling attack from the Fijiana deep within their half saw a quick loose ball from Viniana Riwai which bounced in favour for France seeing Coralie Bertrand scoring their second.

A minute later they were in again through Jade Ulutule, after France’s big number eight Camille Grassineau fended off a number of Fijian defenders.

Grassineau bagged her double minutes later to secure France’s place in the semi-final.

Fijiana 7s has never progressed past the quarter-final in Canada.