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Try 50!

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, May 11, 2014

SPEEDSTER Samisoni Viriviri scored his 50th try this season after crossing the whitewash twice in Vodafone Fiji's 38-0 win over Spain in their opening pool match at the London 7s at Twickenham last night.

Viriviri, who is the leading try scorer in the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series, got his double in the opening half as Fiji led 19-0 at the break.

Leo Naikasau scored the other try in the opening spell while tries from replacements Waisea Nacuqu (two) and Donasio Ratubuli in the second half sealed the 38-0 win.

Viriviri, who is leaving for France to play in the Top 14 competition, has a good chance of finishing as the all-time highest try scorer in a season.

The Nadi flyer is also nominated for the 2014 IRB Sevens Player of the Year alongside Kyle Brown (South Africa), Tim Mikkelson (New Zealand) and Tom Mitchell (England).

"Sami has had a breathtaking season. He's scored some incredible tries and defended superbly well — a deadly combination," coach Ben Ryan told irb.com.

"He's played almost every minute and got better and better, firmly establishing himself as a world class Sevens winger."

Fiji was to play Japan in its second pool match late last night and battle Australia in the final pool play early this morning.

Coach Ryan said the national side would be all out to finish on top in the final tournament of the series.

"A lot of teams looked tired (last) weekend and the season is catching up on everyone," he told The Fiji Times on Friday.

"New Zealand looked out on their feet in the last play against us and we should have taken advantage but it's now about putting together another good set of results this weekend."

Fiji is placed third on the series point table with 129 points while New Zealand leads on 158 followed by South Africa on 139.


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