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Tough pool

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THE much awaited rematch between Fiji and New Zealand will take place in pool play of the Las Vegas 7s tournament in the US next month.

The two teams were expected to meet in the semi-finals of the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s tournament on Monday morning, however, Fiji lost to Samoa 12-28 in the cup quarter-finals.

Fiji went on to win the plate final while New Zealand lost to South Africa 14-17 in the cup final. Also included the pool B draw are the ever improving young Australia side and brave hearts of Scotland.

Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan admitted his side faced a daunting task at the Sam Boyd Stadium on January 24 to 26.

"Looks like toughest pool and on a narrow pitch means it's will be pretty physical too," Ryan wrote on Twitter.

"Lot of luck with pool draws needed now. Tough group, just what we need in Vegas. Gives us a good focus."

With Fiji's 44-0 victory still fresh in their minds, the All Blacks Sevens will be heading to the US a better team compared with their loss in the Dubai 7s semi-finals. And so would Australia and Scotland, which both had an average start to the season.

Fiji is third on the series table with 48 points — 10 behind leaders New Zealand (58) and eight behind South Africa (56).