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Skipper cleared

Rodney Duthie In Wellington
Saturday, February 08, 2014

FIJI captain Osea Kolinisau has been cleared of any serious injury but was ruled out of Fiji's games against France and Spain last night at the Wellington 7s.

Kolinisau, who injured his left foot in the 12-7 win over New Zealand, should be back running at Westpac Stadium today.

"He had an X-ray and was cleared. It's pretty sore but it's one of those injuries where you can wake up and he'll feel a lot better. So I'm pretty optimistic. We'll have to wait and see how he reacts tomorrow (today)," coach Ben Ryan said after the match against the Kiwis.

The line-up against France had Kolinisau missing.

"Osea was rested for the matches against France and Spain because of the injury," team manager Paula Biu said.

Kolinisau's absence did little to stop Fiji from beating France 26-5.

Samisoni Viriviri was up first as he cut through the French defence to confirm his status as the world series' leading try scorer.

Levani Botia then sliced two French defenders to give the side a 12-5 lead at the breather.

Benito Masilevu gave Fiji breathing space after the break, amid three substitutions. Viriviri then stepped on the gas, running on to an offload, for his 23rd try of the season.

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