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Arin Kumar
Monday, May 05, 2014

THE Vodafone Fiji 7s suffered a massive blow in their attempt to win the last two tournaments on the HSBC Sevens World Series when Vatemo Ravouvou was suspended for four matches.

International Rugby Board cited Ravouvou for foul play when he shoulder-charged a Welsh player who was on the ground during the Glasgow 7s in Scotland early Sunday morning.

Fiji went on to win that match 45-0 to cement their spot in the cup quarter-final where they faced England last night.

It is believed national coach Ben Ryan appealed the decision but he has also cooked up a back-up plan to work with only 11 players in their remaining games at the Glasgow 7s and Fiji's first match at the London 7s in England next weekend.

Ryan however said the team was focused on doing well on day two.

"Big day two ahead," he tweeted yesterday a few hours before Fiji faced England.

"Team all excited and primed."

Earlier on Saturday night, Fiji overcame Argentina 26-7 and then struggled to beat Kenya 24-17.

Fiji had to rely on a try to Waisea Nacuqu after the hooter to seal the victory after both sides were locked 17-all.

Ryan expressed his disappointment at the mistakes they made in the match against Kenya which almost resulted in a draw.

"We didn't control the kick-off and get our men in the right places," he told irb.com after the match.

"You have to say the Kenya were really unlucky. We dropped off tackles in the first half, it's not good enough. At the same time it's the resilience from the boys."

In their last pool match, Samisoni Viriviri extended his try scoring spree to 45 with a brace, while Nacuqu, Vatemo Ravouvou, Donasio Ratubuli, Leo Naikasau, and Viliame Mata scored a try each.

Ravouvou kicked four conversions while Emosi Mulevoro kicked one.


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