Narrow win for Fiji 7s

March 2, 2024 3:32 pm

Josese Batirerega

The Fiji Airways men’s 7s team managed to secure a win in their first pool game by defeating Great Britain 15-12 at the LA 7s tournament this afternoon. The match began with a quick kick-off which led to Austin Evans from Great Britain scoring the first point.

However, Ropate Rere from Fiji responded swiftly and scored a point for his team in the 5th minute, Rere won the restart and quickly ran to score Fiji’s first try, narrowing the gap to 5-7.

Fiji was determined to score and thanks to a well-executed pass from Joseva Talacolo, Ponipate Waqanamasi was able to score Fiji’s second try with just a few seconds left in the first half.

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Fiji led Great Britain 10-7 at halftime.

Fiji’s rugby team started the second half poorly, with only six players after Napolioni Bolaca received a yellow card. GB’s Alex Davis took advantage of the situation and scored their second try, giving them a 12-10 lead with only one minute left. However, Fiji’s Josese Batirerega managed to score the winning try.

Tomorrow, they clash with Canada at 5:30am and France at 10:22am before the men’s cup quarterfinals begin at 3:26pm while the Fijiana will meet South Africa at 8:26am and New Zealand at 1:24pm.

The semi-finals and final will be held on Monday.

You can watch both the Fiji 7s and Fijiana pool games live on FBC TV plus the quarterfinal and semifinal if Fiji progresses.