HSBC London 7s: Fiji through to Cup final
4 June, 2018, 2:32 am
THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team continues its unbeaten streak and is now on its way to the 2018 London 7s Cup final after a mesmerising 38-12 win against Ireland in the cup semi-final.
Well on the lead 19-0 at half time, and despite playing a man short after a yellow card to Vatemo Ravouvou, Jerry Tuwai and his boys kept the momentum at its peak, with their “absolutely magical” offloads and “unstructured” pattern attracting roars from Fijian fans and supporters at Twickenham.
Fiji scored six tries and five successful conversions, with Ireland managing two tries and a conversion in the 14-minute match.
Sledgehammer Eroni Sau opened Fiji’s scoring runs slightly over a minute into the first half after a timely catch of a short pass from Semi Radradra.
Josua Vakurunabili pressed the second try less than three minutes of the first half after Tuwai – who commentators described “slippery as a butcher’s apron” and “slippery as an eel” – got himself out of the scrum on the Fijian territory.
Sau furthered Fiji’s lead with another try with one minute and 25 seconds left on the clock.
Ravouvou’s conversion had Fiji on the lead 19-0 at half time.
Josua Tuisova opened a perfect start to the second half with a try and some two minutes later, Waisea Nacuqu pressed their fifth try.
Nacuqu made a double when he scored his fourth try in the tournament with less than two minutes left on the clock.
The successful conversion earned Fiji a 38 point victory, despite Ireland’s try in the dying moment of the match.
Fiji and Ireland last met at the Dubai 7s in 2004.
Fiji will play South Africa in the cup final at 4.57am Fiji time.
South Africa beat England 29-19 in their cup semi-final.