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Amazing statistics

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu
Friday, November 10, 2017

Fiji all but secured a quarter-final berth with another dominant display after dispatching Wales 72-6.

Vunivalu's hat-trick has taken his tally to five tries in two games and sits joint-top of the try scoring charts alongside Tonga's Michael Jennings.

On the other hand, Taane Milne is the second highest points scorer with 26 points.

The Bati has scored 130 in their opening two games, scoring 25 tries and converting 15 of them. On attack the Bati looks sharp, unpredictable and lethal.

These statistics certainly give our flying warriors the edge over their Italian counterparts, who responded to their disappointing outing in their opening game by producing a very good display to nil the USA Hawks in their second group game.

The 46-0 win was a welcome relief to the Italians but it may be too late as they would need to beat Fiji by a similar score line to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Although this game could decide which team qualifies for the quarter-finals to face Tonga or NZ, Italy may find it hard to overcome Fiji by such a score line into first place.

The Bati holds a 90 point advantage in terms of points difference.

I can foresee the Italians struggling to overcome Fiji in this game and rugby pundits are expecting the free-scoring Fiji Bati to qualify for the quarter-finals with a perfect record whilst adding to their impressive try tally.

My best wishes to the Fiji Bati for tonight's showdown against the Italians! Let's do it in style, Fiji Bati!

Finally, the 2017 Oceania 7s kicks-off today in Suva.

Our boys would be defending the title they won last year in style, beating Samoa 28-19.

En route to the final, the boys hammered American Samoa 52-0, PNG 31-12, Nauru 73-0 and Tonga 42-19.

In a close contest Fiji beat Australia 19-7. Coach Gareth Baber has named a powerful side to take part in the tournament.

Last week in USA at the Silicon 7s, discipline haunted our 7s team. One red and three yellow cards dented our chances of winning the tournament.

Today and tomorrow Baber and Fuli will have to polish loose ends and ensure we retain the title that we won under Naca Cawanibuka.

Australia, New Zealand and Samoa will be top bets but we have the hearts to win.

Go Fiji go, rise and make a difference.

It's time to unleash the Fijian flair that made us rule the Olympics!

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