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Fiji falls short

Josefa Makaba In Sydney, Australia
Monday, January 29, 2018

FIJI was bundled out of the Sydney 7s Cup quarter-final by a gutsy USA side 24-7 at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney yesterday.

The Jerry Tuwai-captained side, after flying through the pool games undefeated, were brought down to earth by USA, which dominated the high balls and made sure they finished most their attacks inside the Fijian 22-metre line across the tryline.

The Fijian attacks were completely shutdown by the USA defence and didn't allow any free flowing rugby which the dominant Fiji fans came to see. Fiji scored their only try to replacement Eroni Sau in the first half.

Hardworking USA forward Danny Barret was a happy man after the game, saying they had won a very big game. Barret, who was involved in dominating the forward play, said after losing their opening game on Friday, they worked hard to get to where they were against Fiji.

"Yeah, we're happy to have won this game especially playing in front of a big Fijian crowd here in Sydney," Barret said.

Fiji Airways 7s coach Gareth Baber had rested the hardworking Sau from the game against USA using Waisea Nacuqu on the wing.

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