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NZ beaten, Argentina next

By ILAITIA TURAGABECI
Sunday, December 09, 2012

Update: 9:31AM FIJI will need to lift its game against the gutsy Argentinians when they play in the quarter-final of the South Africa Sevens in Port Elizabeth.

The Argentinians showed resilience when they came from behind to beat Wales 12-7 and crushed Spain 21-14 to qualify against the Fijians, who defied the odds to beat New Zealand 24-12 in a do-or-die performance.

Coach Alivereti Dere finally got some results from his pep talks in the final pool match after his boys earlier went down to Scotland, 19-21.

Tries to Ilai Tinai, Levani Botia and Ratu Inia Tukere turned their game around as the Kiwis, who had booked a quarter-final berth against Wales, were sent scurrying for cover.

Paul Treu's unbeaten South Africa faces the USA in the quarter-final while Portugal, the revamped side that has grown from strength to strength since the Dubai tournament last week, takes on France.

England and Samoa, winner at Dubai, missed the cut in the main competition.





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