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Brave effort

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam,Nadawa, Nasinu
Monday, February 05, 2018

The opening day of the 2018 Hamilton 7s action is in history books and our Flying Fijians did enough to remain unbeaten in pool play and secure a cup quarter-final berth.

Pooled alongside Wales, Spain and Sydney 7s champion Australia, the journey to secure the lucrative top 8 berth was always going to be tough. But our boys stood their ground and made amends for last week's disappointment winning all the three games.

Fiji put on a massive performance to slaughter the Dragons. Spain was tough and the penalties that we conceded continued to mount.

At one stage of the game we played with 5 players and the Ignacio Martin-captained Spanish side capitalised on our poor discipline and levelled the scores.

Lucky we had enough firepower to come back into the game and pulled it out of the fire.

Against Australia, our boys did almost everything right and snatched the match in a thrilling fashion.

The frustration on veteran Stannard's face said it all. Fiji scored four terrific tries and our defence was better than what we put up in Sydney.

The victory against the Aussies did not come easy and hats off to our boys for working hard as a team to sneak past the Aussies.

The Aussies beat Spain and Wales but couldn't overcome their string of 11 straight losses at the hands of the Fijians, relegating them to second. On the other hand, Flying machine Eroni Sau showed blistering speed and aggressive defence.

The sensation from the Capital City outfit has made a name for himself in the WRSS with his genuine power, speed bump and accuracy.

In the cup quarters, I thought that after taking the 7-0 lead, our boys went into sleeping mode and allowed the vast improving Samoans to come back into the game and take a slender three point lead.

The last few minutes left many Fijian fans on the edge of their seats and when we spilled the ball, I thought it was all over. However, spurred by the marvelous and patriotic Fijian crowd, Yasawa flyer Nasoko showed a clean pair of heals as he outpaced the Samoan defenders to send the fans into frenzy. Our boys made it beyond the quarters and prepared to take on the hosts in the semis as I pen my letter. Indeed, fans wanted to see a polished and brave effort from Fiji!


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