THE Fiji under-21 team suffered its first defeat at the World Youth Championship in Scotland yesterday.
The Baby Pearls led by captain Raijeli Daveua lost 64-32 to South Africa in their match.
Fiji won their opening game 61-36 against Namibia, however, they were taken to another level against South Africa.
The 'Baby Proteas' were quick to get going and despite a boisterous support crew for their opponents, South Africa stormed ahead to take a vast first quarter lead 17-7.
Fiji made a strong comeback in the second quarter. Skipper Daveua led her girls by example with relentless workrate which earned her multiple interceptions and tips, Fiji looked energised.
However, they struggled to take the ball into their attacking third as South Africa's mid court defence closed down their options.
South Africa speedily sent the ball to goal shooter (GS) Danielle Willemse who skilfully landed close to the post. Willemse went on to score 39 of South Africa's goals.
Unfortunately Fiji lacked communication in their shooting circle. A dummy pass from Afa Rusivakula which caught Unaisi Rauluni off guard, was snapped up by the South Africans. South Africa led by 24 goals at halftime.
Despite the loss, the Fiji supporters waved their flags and the chanting continued until the final whistle.
Meanwhile New Zealand and Australia continued their winning performance in the competition.
Fiji will face Australia in their next game before taking on Israel tomorrow.