10th place finish

Fiji's Litiana Lawedrau charges through the China defense on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019 in Glendale on 21 October, 2018. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team returns home today after winning only one of the five matches they played in the Colorado 7s in USA during the weekend.

The team was pooled with Canada, France and Ireland.

The Alifereti Doviverata-coached side had a poor start in the opening leg of the 2018/19 World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Glendale, USA.

The Fijiana 7s side lost its first pool match against Canada 26-7, hammered by France 45-12, and thrashed 7-59 by Ireland in the last pool match.

The newly formed side qualified to the challenge trophy where it beat China 17-14 in the semi-finals before losing to Spain 14-20 in the final.

The Fijiana 7s team is ranked 10th in the Colorado 7s tournament after losing in the Challenge Trophy.

Only three of the 12 players in the Fijiana side are survivors of the Tanivula-coached line-up in the 2016-2017 series where the rest of the players are new to the international 7s arena.

The side will now focus on the Dubai 7s tournament that will be held in November 29-30.

Meanwhile, The Black Ferns (New Zealand) made a brilliant start to the new 7s season, crushing the home side to a 33-7 win in the USA tournament in Colorado.

It was the Black Ferns 7s sixth straight tournament win, to go with their Commonwealth Games gold medal, World Cup triumph and final three wins from last season. Captain Sarah Goss said the Black Ferns were stung by Australia’s win last year.

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