Fiji wins second pool match at Hamilton 7s – FBC News

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.

MATCH TIME TEAM 1 SCORE TEAM 2 POOL
SATURDAY 25 JANUARY
M1 10:57AM Ireland 21 – 26 Canada Pool C
M2 11:19AM France 21 – 17 Spain Pool C
M3 11:41AM Kenya 19 – 24 England Pool B
M4 12:03PM South Africa 31 – 5 Japan Pool B
M5 12:25PM Argentina 7 – 38 Australia Pool D
M6 12:47PM Fiji 19 – 12 Samoa Pool D
M7 01:09PM Scotland USA Pool A
M8 01:31PM New Zealand Wales Pool A
M9 04:24PM Ireland Spain Pool C
M10 04:46PM France Canada Pool C
M11 05:08PM Kenya Japan Pool B
M12 05:30PM South Africa England Pool B
M13 06:05PM Argentina Samoa Pool D
M14 06:35PM Fiji Australia Pool D
M15 07:05PM Scotland Wales Pool A
M16 07:33PM New Zealand USA Pool A
SUNDAY 26 January
M17 10:07AM Canada Spain Pool C
M18 10:29AM France Ireland Pool C
M19 10:51AM England Japan Pool B
M20 11:13AM South Africa Kenya Pool B
M21 11:35AM Australia Samoa Pool D
M22 11:57AM Fiji Argentina Pool D
M23 12:19PM USA Wales Pool A
M24 12:41PM New Zealand Scotland Pool A
Knockout Stages
M25 3:20PM 1st Pool B 1st Pool C Cup Semifinal
M26 3:42PM 1st Pool A 1st Pool D Cup Semifinal
M27 04:10PM 3rd Best 4th 4th Best 4th 15th Place Play-off
M28 4:32PM Best 4th 2nd Best 4th 13th Place Play-off
M29 4:54PM 3rd Best 3rd 4th Best 4th 11th Place Play-off
M30 5:16PM Best 3rd 2nd Best 3rd 9th Place Play-off
M31 5:38PM 3rd Best 2nd 4th Best 2nd 7th Place Play-off
M32 6:00PM Best 2nd 2nd Best 2nd 5th Place Play-off
M33 6:59PM Loser M25 Loser M26 Bronze Final
M34 7:56AM Winner M25 Winner M26 Cup Final

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