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Fiji wins second pool match at Hamilton 7s

January 26, 2020 6:55 am
Jerry Tuwai on attack for Fiji at the Hamilton 7s [Source: World Rugby Sevens]

Courageous defense led by young skipper Meli Derenalagi was the highlight of Fiji’s 19-12 win over Australia in their second pool match.

Head Coach Gareth Baber says they were really put to the test yesterday.

‘It felt like the first one as well with Samoa you know it was physical both games and we know teams will come and match us physically but I thought we were good for that then it’s a good Australian side they played some good rugby over the last couple of tournaments and we were fortunate enough to put it together and get that win.’

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Asaeli Tuivuaka started for Fiji and got their first try but it was unconverted by Napolioni Ratu.

Fiji led 5-0 at halftime.

Fiji stepped up their defense early in the second half and they were rewarded with a try to Aminiasi Tuimaba who ran the length of the field to score.

Dylan Pietch than pulled one back for Australian as they trailed 5-12.

But Jerry Tuwai weaved his magic and put Napolioni Ratu through a gap but he fell short and popped the pass to a sprinting Apenisa Cakaubalavu to score Fiji’s third try.

Australia had the last say in the match but it was not enough as Fiji won 19-12.

Baber says the team is always under pressure but they have a reason for doing what they are good at.

 

Fiji earlier beat Samoa 19-12 in their first match today.

Fiji’s next game is against Argentina at 11:57am tomorrow.

In another match in Fiji’s pool, Argentina thrashed Samoa 40-0.

MATCHTIMETEAM 1SCORETEAM 2POOL
SATURDAY25 JANUARY
M110:57AMIreland21 - 26CanadaPool C
M211:19AMFrance21 - 17SpainPool C
M311:41AMKenya19 - 24EnglandPool B
M412:03PMSouth Africa31 - 5JapanPool B
M512:25PMArgentina7 - 38AustraliaPool D
M612:47PMFiji19 - 12SamoaPool D
M701:09PMScotland7 - 24USAPool A
M801:31PMNew Zealand42 - 0WalesPool A
M904:24PMIreland28 - 17SpainPool C
M1004:46PMFrance12 - 12CanadaPool C
M1105:08PMKenya12 - 12JapanPool B
M1205:30PMSouth Africa19 - 21EnglandPool B
M1306:05PMArgentina40 - 0SamoaPool D
M1406:35PMFiji19 - 12AustraliaPool D
M1507:05PMScotland24 - 19WalesPool A
M1607:33PMNew Zealand26 - 5USAPool A
SUNDAY26 January
M1710:07AMCanada21 - 14SpainPool C
M1810:29AMFrance17 - 7IrelandPool C
M1910:51AMEngland26 - 7JapanPool B
M2011:13AMSouth Africa7 - 24KenyaPool B
M2111:35AMAustralia33 - 19SamoaPool D
M2211:57AMFiji10 - 26ArgentinaPool D
M2312:19PMUSA42 - 0WalesPool A
M2412:41PMNew Zealand38 - 12ScotlandPool A
KnockoutStages
M253:20PMEngland5 - 10FranceCup Semifinal
M263:42PMNew Zealand17 - 14AustraliaCup Semifinal
M2704:10PMSamoa21 - 7Wales15th Place Play-off
M284:32PMJapan10 - 12Spain13th Place Play-off
M294:54PMIreland19 - 24Scotland11th Place Play-off
M305:16PMFiji12 - 5South Africa9th Place Play-off
M315:38PMArgentina19 - 17Kenya7th Place Play-off
M326:00PMCanada28 - 7USA5th Place Play-off
M336:59PMEngland21 - 33AustraliaBronze Final
M347:56AMFrance5 - 27New ZealandCup Final

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