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Fiji, France face off

By ILAITIA TURAGABECI
Saturday, December 01, 2012

Update: 6:10AM FIJI will need to realign its defence when it takes on France in the quarter-final of the Dubai Sevens.

The HSBC IRB Sevens World Series leader booked its 7.50pm (Saturday, Fiji time) spot after struggling against Kenya, 14-10, in their last pool A match.

Former World Cup coach Ilivasi Tabua said the Fijians had to tighten on their defence because the French were quick on attack.

"Almost all our tries came from individual play, there was not much construction," he said after Day One.

"If coach (Alivereti) Dere was trying out his combinations by making those changes, then hopefully well have more organised play going into the quarter-final."

The Fijians struggled in their earlier two games 14-nil against Spain and 22-14 over Scotland and had a tough second spell against the Kenyans, who face Canada in another quarter-final.

Portugal, which shocked South Africa 12-10 and England 22-21, faces New Zealand while the Samoans, who had a tough time against the pool C minnow (24-19), take on the Welsh in the quarters.

Fiji leads the world series after winning the opening leg on the Gold Coast.