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2018 USA 7s: Fijians lose to hosts in semis

Maciu Malo in Las Vegas
Monday, March 05, 2018

FIJIAN forward Matai Leuta was in top form scoring a try to help his USA 7s team down his fellow countrymen - the Fiji Airways national 7s side 19-7 in the main cup semi-final at the Las Vegas 7s tournament.

The Lau native native combined well with giant Danny Barret and skipper Ben Pinkelman to counter the Fijian forwards throughout the game.

Sevuloni Mocenacagi scored the opening try that was converted by Vatemo Ravouvou before the host team hit back in style with paceman Perry Baker scoring a double adding to Leuta's try to win the encounter.

Fiji coach Gareth Baber said lapse of concentration in the second spell allowed the USA to win the game.

He said the players gave their best unfortunately fell short of their target.

The side will face South Africa in the third and fourth playoff later this afternoon

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