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Kiwis demolished

Emoni Narawa In Hong Kong
Monday, March 25, 2013

THE Digicel Fiji Sevens displayed an outstanding performance to demolish the New Zealand side 33-14 in the Hong Kong 7s Cup semi-final at the So Kon Po Stadium last night.

Displaying probably the best performance so far this season, Alifereti Dere's men played their hearts out to bounce back from 0-14 down to book a place in the Cup final.

The All Blacks 7s raced to an early lead, thanks to the tries from Ben Lam and playmaker Rocky Khan.

Fiji which was deprived of possession in most of the opening half capitalised on Khan's mistake to score through winger Samisoni Viriviri to trail 7-14 at break.

It was no stopping for the Nemani Nagusa-skippered side in the second spell as brilliant teamwork and fast flowing 7s rugby kept the Fiji fans entertained and the tries coming in the remainder of the game.

Viriviri got his second followed by two from Jasa Veremalua before Ulaiasi Lawavou sealed the 33-14 win.

Coach Dere was impressed with the players' performance and thanked them for fighting back in the second spell.

"I reminded the boys to stick to our game plan, they did not follow the game plan in the first half and New Zealand punished us there," the former Fiji 7s skipper said.

"At half time I told the boys that we need to play to our game plan and I am happy they did.

"New Zealand had their own game plan which was to play deep inside our territory and pressure us from there in opening half which worked out well for them."


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