THE Vodafone Fiji 7s side struggled to beat USA in the Hong Kong 7s quarterfinal at the Hong Kong Stadium yesterday.
Despite two quick tries in the opening spell, the Ben Ryan-coached side lacked composure to thump USA in the quarters.
Fiji led 12-5 at the break and scored two tries from skipper Osea Kolinisau (2) and speedster Samisoni Viriviri in the 17-5 win.
The national side 26 effective tackles to five of the USA and was tied on the errors committed on six.
Fiji was much a disciplined side after it conceded only one penalty while USA conceded six.
The team completed 23 passes and had a strike rate of 7.7.
Fiji retained one restart out of four the side kicked.
Meanwhile Japan won the qualifiers tournament becoming the core team in the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The side defeated Italy 26-5 in the qualifiers final.
Fijians Lote Tuqiri and Josefa Lilidamu featured for the Japanese side in the 2014 Hong Kong 7s.