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Scrappy play

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, December 01, 2012

FIJI made a scrappy start in the Dubai Sevens tournament, failing to impress in a 14-0 win over Spain in their opening pool match at 7he Sevens Stadium last night.

With a wet ground condition making it difficult for the players, the Setefano Cakau-skippered side struggled to run in two tries in the opening spell to win the lacklustre encounter.

The Alivereti Dere-coached side struggled with the basics of the game as the team dominated the error count in both spells.

It took the national side over three minutes to dot in the opening try by captain courageous Cakau, who barged through the Spanish defence after collecting a well-timed pass from playmaker Joji Ragamate.

Speedster Maleli Bula showed he has pace to burn as he collected his first try on debut for Fiji to give the side 14-0 lead at the break.

Coach Dere used all his substitutes in the second spell but they failed to impress even with Spain a player down after Matias Tudela was sin-binned for causing an infringement at the breakdown midway the second half.





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