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Fiji to meet NZ in Sydney 7s Cup semi-final

February 3, 2019 1:55 pm
Terio Tamani [Source: World Rugby Sevens]

The Fiji Airways men’s 7s side will face New Zealand in the Cup semi-final in Sydney today.

Fiji defeated Australia 22-17 while the All Blacks thumped France 28-5.

Tries from Terio Tamani and Mesulame Kunavula gave Fiji a 10-5 lead at half time.

Speedster Alasio Naduva scored two tries in the second half as Fiji sealed the match in style.

Meanwhile, Aminiasi Tuimaba has been ruled out of the tournament after sustaining an injury against Samoa.

Paula Dranisinukula has come in as the 13th player.

Waisea Nacuqu is also in doubt for the semi-final after he was replaced in the first half against Australia.

Skipper Kalione Nasoko says the players are carrying niggling injuries and they need to recover well before taking a strong New Zealand outfit in the semis.

“Now we will go and prepare for the semi-final that is coming up. So we will focus on our recovery and get ready to go again and face another tough team.”

For New Zealand, Fijian winger Jona Nareki, Regan Ware, Sam Dickson and Iukarisitone Shiu scored the tries for the side.

Ware says they expect a great battle against Fiji in the semifinal.

“I think New Zealand and Fiji have always battled it out through the years. I think the last time we played them in Sydney they ended up getting up over us so hopefully it’s a good one for us and the boys are looking forward to the battle.”

Fiji will face New Zealand in the first Cup semi-final at 5.16pm.

The final is secluded for 9.56pm and you can watch the tournament live on FBC TV.

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