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Fiji to face South Africa in Hamilton 7s Cup semifinal

January 27, 2019 1:02 pm
Jerry Tuwai on attack for the Fiji 7s team [Source: World Rugby]

The Fiji Airways men’s 7s side continue their dominance in the Hamilton tournament after beating Canada 33-7 in the first cup quarterfinal.

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The Fijian side will now play South Africa in the Cup semi-final who defeated Samoa 28-19.

Fiji will play South Africa in the first Cup semifinal at 3:16pm.

It was an early start for Fiji, where Vilimoni Botitu made a breakthrough in the first minute of play creating a gap for Meli Derenalagi to run over the try line.

Aminiasi Tuimaba then scored their second try.

Canada fought back, scoring their first try before Waisea Nacuqu replied in the dying seconds of the first half to extend their lead to 21-7.

Coach Gareth Baber reminded the players at the break that they need to win the ball and score first.

“What we need to do in the second half, we haven’t got the ball and just let them run of it. Don’t wait and see them play with it. Get up and take risks and get them this side and once we did that they’ll give up the ball. Three times we get the ball three times we score and that’s exactly what we want and want to do.”

Fiji continued to dominate in the second spell where Tuimaba scored his double to extend their lead to 28-7.

The Fijian gladiators put on a good defensive line where they blocked Canada from scoring tries.

Josua Vakurunabili then made the last say in the last minute to seal the victory.

New Zealand defeated Australia 24-17 in the third quarterfinal.

USA beat Scotland 19-14 in the last quarterfinal.

New Zealand will face USA at 3:38pm in the second semifinal.

The Cup semifinal starts at 3.16pm while the Cup final will kick off at 7.10pm.

You can watch the entire tournament live on FBC TV.

MATCHTIMETEAM 1SCORETEAM 2STAGE
M259:00AMArgentina35 - 0JapanCTQF
M269:22AMKenya19 - 12TongaCTQF
M279:44AMSpain19 - 10WalesCTQF
M2810:06AMEngland21 - 5FranceCTQF
M2910:36AMFiji33 - 7CanadaCup QF 1
M3010:58AMSouth Africa28 - 19SamoaCup QF 2
M3111:20AMNew Zealand24 - 17AustraliaCup QF 3
M3211:42AMUSA19 - 14ScotlandCup QF 4
M3312:10PMJapan7 - 31Tonga13th Place SF
M3412:32PMWales19 - 35France13th Place SF
M3512:54PMArgentina7 - 24KenyaCTSF
M3613:16PMSpain7 - 38EnglandCTSF
M3714:26PMCanada19 - 28Samoa5th Place SF
M3814:48PMAustralia14 - 24Scotland5th Place SF
M3915:16PMFijiVSSouth AfricaCup SF
M4015:38PMNew ZealandVSUSACup SF
M4116:00PMTongaVSFrance13th Place Final
M4217:00PMKenyaVSEnglandCT Final
M4317:26PMSamoaVSScotland5th Place Playoff
M4418:10PMLoser M39VSLoser M40Bronze Final
M4519:10PMWinner M39VSWinner M40Cup Final

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