Fijiana in Dubai 7s Cup final – FBC News

The Fijiana 7s team has created history, reaching a World Sevens Series final for the first time.

The side defeated Great Britain 28-5 in a pulsating encounter earning enough points to top Group B and a place in the Dubai 7s  final.

POOL B P W D L PD P
FIJI 4 3 0 1 33 10
Russia 4 3 0 1 19 10
GREAT BRITAIN 4 3 0 1 10 10
CANADA 4 1 0 3 -22 6
IRELAND 4 0 0 4 -40 4

Fiji’s first two tries came for penalties against Great Britain for not releasing on the ground.

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Sesenieli Donu and Vasiti Solikoviti were beneficiaries of this, putting points on the board.

Lavenia Cavuru made no mistake adding the extras seeing Fiji lead 14-nil.

Minutes before the halftime hooter, Great Britain speedster Jasmine Joyce raced to the try-line with pace too much for the Fijiana.

Fijiana led 14-5 at halftime.

Again in the second half, Great Britain gave away another penalty, Raijieli Daveua tapped quickly and ran to dot down the ball in between the sticks.

Laisana Likuceva made an impact coming in as a substitute.

The Yasawa lass burst through but was caught inside the 22-meter line.

Rusila Nagasau picked the ball and crossed over guaranteeing Fijiana’s place in the final.

The captain says the goal was clear and the players stuck to the game plan.


“Before we came for our warm-up, we talked about this match. The only goal was to win the game, we have to work hard in the first seven minutes and we did that. Coach told us at halftime that we had another seven minutes to go and everyone has to give their 100 percent.”

Fijiana is up against Australia in the final at 2.56am and Nagasau says they will need to be on their best for that.

“We are going back now, we’ll re-group. We’ll try to brush up on the little things we didn’t do in this game. We’ll see what the coach will tell us to do in the next game.”

You can watch the Dubai 7s live on FBC TV.

MATCH TIME TEAM 1 SCORE TEAM 2 POOL
FRIDAY 26 November
M1 04:48PM Australia 45 – 5 USA Pool A
M2 05:00PM Great Britain 12 – 7 Russia Pool B
M3 05:10PM France 31 – 0 Spain Pool A
M4 05:22PM Fiji 28 – 12 Ireland Pool B
M5 07:50PM Australia 34 – 0 Spain Pool A
M6 08:12PM France 26 – 21 Brazil Pool A
M7 0834PM Great Britain 26 – 15 Ireland Pool B
M8 08:56PM Fiji 28 – 26 Canada Pool B
M9 11:24PM Brazil 26 – 12 Spain Pool A
M10 11:46PM France 19 – 24 USA Pool A
SATURDAY 27 November
M11 02:07AM Canada 21 – 17 Ireland Pool B
M12 03:05AM Fiji 19 – 27 Russia Pool B
M13 05:00PM USA 17 – 12 Spain Pool A
M14 05:22PM Australia 38 – 5 Brazil Pool A
M15 05:44PM Russia 14 – 5 Ireland Pool B
M16 06:06PM Great Britain 24 – 7 Canada Pool B
M17 08:01PM USA 10 – 12 Brazil Pool A
M18 8:23PM France 22 – 24 Australia Pool A
M19 8:45PM Russia 17 – 10 Canada Pool B
M20 9:07PM Fiji 28 – 5 Great Britain Pool B
Knockout Stages
M21 11:51PM USA Canada 9th Place Play-off
M22 11:51PM Spain Ireland 7th Place Play-off
SUNDAY 28 January
M23 12:57AM Brazil Great Britain 5th Place Play-off
M24 02:07AM France Russia Bronze Final
M25 02:56AM Australia Fiji Cup Final

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