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Fiji slumps to third spot on points table

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FIJI has slumped to the third spot in the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series points table following another disappointing performance at the South Africa 7s tournament over the weekend.

Fiji bombed out of the cup competition after losing to Argentina 12-15 in the quarters and then lost to Wales 14-26 in the plate final.

Following a pathetic performance in the second leg of the series in Dubai and South Africa, the Alifereti Dere-coached side is relegated to third spot on 44 points with a slim chance of clinching the desired 2012/13 series.

New Zealand leads with 60 points surprisingly followed by France on 46 points while South Africa and Samoa are on fourth and fifth place with 41 and 39 points respectively.

To add to Fiji's existing misery in the 2012/13 IRB series, the side has been drawn in a tough pool for the Wellington 7s in New Zealand on February 1 and 2.

The Setefano Cakau-skippered side faces Portugal, Australia and Scotland in Pool D.

Hosts New Zealand head Pool A and will face USA, England and Spain while France head Pool B and faces Argentina, Kenya and regional qualifiers Tonga.

South Africa head Pool C and were drawn against Wales, Samoa and Canada.

Assistant Fiji coach Timoci Wainiqolo, who could not be reached for comments yesterday, earlier told Times Sport the victorious Fiji team from the Gold Coast 7s in Australia would likely play in the next leg. The national side will arrive home early tomorrow.