Fiji 7s falls at home
November 9, 2019 8:16 pm
Australia defeated the Fiji Airways Men’s 7s side 22 -7 in the Oceania 7s final at the ANZ Stadium.
Fiji started well with a try to Kavekini Tabu which was converted by Waisea Nacuqu.
Australia replied with an unconverted try a minute later.
The Aussies were not going to be intimidated by the experience in the Fiji side with Sevuloni Mocenacagi,Waisea Nacuqu, Meli Derenalagi and Aminiasi Tuimaba part of the starting seven.
Australia applied the pressure at times and forced Fiji to commit mistakes.
The national side was leading 7-5 at half time.
Isoa Tabu was shown a yellow card early in the second half for a professional foul.
Fiji conceded successive penalties and Australia was rewarded with a try to Ben O’Donald as they led 12-7.
Another two tries to Australia with seconds remaining sealed the Oceania title for them.
Fiji 7s Head Coach Gareth Baber said Australia was just too good.
‘Australia were good for it they played a quality game congratulations to them but we weren’t quite where we needed to be come to the final I think that we just made too many errors in the first half and sought of set the pressure on what we can create in a game’.
Australian captain Lewis Holland said they had to work hard after beating Samoa in the Olympic qualifying match.
‘Playing Fiji in Fiji is no little task of it’s own but I think it’s the pressure that you know got lifted off the guys shoulders from the Samoan game allowed them to go out there and played a brilliant game’.
Australia earlier won the Women’s title with a 24-12 win over the Fijiana.