Fiji denied Dubai 7s Cup final – FBC News

Fiji was denied a place in the Dubai 7s Cup final, going down in the semis to the United States of America.

USA edged Fiji 21-19 and will face South Africa in the final.

It looked like Fiji had the win after a commanding lead at half-time but, the Mike Friday coached side applied immense pressure and turned the table around in the second spell.

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Logan Tago tried to keep the ball alive, passed it in-field before he was taken out by Jeremaia Matana.

Iowane Teba timed the pass well to run away for Fiji’s first try.

Teba was once again involved in the ruck, took down Carlin Isles, and won a penalty for Fiji.

Joseva Talacolo tapped quickly, took on two defenders before tossing the ball like a loaf of bread to Filipe Sauturaga for Fiji’s second try.

USA answered back with Folau Niua feeding Isles far wide who sprinted to the try-line.

Niua was penalised for a dangerous tackle from the restart, Waisea Nacuqu tapped and passed to Captain Josa Vakutunabili who dummied before making a short pass to Kaminieli Rasaku to finish off.

Fiji led convincingly 19-7 at the breather.

The Americans were a different side altogether in the second half, bagging two tries to Lucas Lacamp and Matai Leuta.

USA led 21-19 with two minutes left on the clock.

Fiji had a chance to sciore wjen Manueli Maisamoa won a penalty.

Rasaku made a flick pass to Daniele Yaya but the Nabukubalavu man was caught by speedster Perry Baker.

Fiji will now face Argentina for the 3rd place play-off at 2:29 tomorrow morning.

The final between South Africa and USA will take place at 3:26am.

MATCH TIME TEAM 1 SCORE TEAM 2 POOL
FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER
M1 05:32PM South Africa 28 – 7 Ireland Pool C
M2 5:54PM Great Britain 17 – 12 Japan Pool C
M5 6:16PM USA 14 – 7 Kenya Pool B
M4 6:38PM Argentina 28 – 7 Spain Pool B
M3 7:00PM Australia 35 – 19 Canada Pool A
M6 7:22PM Fiji 24 – 15 France Pool A
M7 9:24PM South Africa 52 – 12 Japan Pool C
M8 9:46PM Great Britain 26 – 19 Ireland Pool C
M9 10:08PM USA 7 – 12 Spain Pool B
M10 10:30PM Argentina 22 – 17 Kenya Pool B
M11 10:30PM Australia 17 – 10 France Pool A
M12 10:52PM Fiji 29 – 14 Canada Pool A
SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER
M13 12:08AM Ireland 33 – 0 Japan Pool C
M14 12:40AM Great Britain 12 – 31 South Africa Pool C
M15 1:02AM Kenya 26 – 12 Spain Pool B
M16 1:24AM Argentina 21 – 21 USA Pool B
M17 2:35AM Canada 14 – 24 France Pool A
M18 3:33AM Fiji 17 – 12 Australia Pool A
SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER
M19 6:28PM Argentina 17 – 12 Ireland Cup Quarter-finals
M20 6:50PM South Africa 29 – 5 Australia Cup Quarter-finals
M21 7:12PM USA 35 – 17 Great Britain Cup Quarter-finals
M22 7:34PM Fiji 19 – 5 Kenya Cup Quarter-finals
M23 8:01PM Spain 45 – 14 Canada 9th Place Semi-Final
M24 8:23PM France 33 – 0 Japan 9th Place Semi-Final
M25 9:29PM Ireland 14 – 35 Australia 5th Place Semi-Final
M26 9:51PM Great Britain 33 – 5 Kenya 5th Place Semi-Final
M27 10:18PM Argentina 7 – 17 South Africa Cup Semi-Final
M28 10:40PM USA 21 – 19 Fiji Cup Semi-Final
M29 11:02PM Canada Japan 11th Place Play-Off
M30 11:24PM Spain France 9th Place Play-Off
Sunday 28 November
M31 12:13AM Loser M25 Loser M26 7th Place Play-Off
M32 1:15AM Winner M25 Winner M26 5th Place Play-Off
M33 2:29AM Loser M27 Loser M28 3rd Place Play-Off
M34 3:26AM Winner M27 Winner M28 Cup Final

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