Fiji 7s tested to the wire

THE Fiji 7s team was tested to the wire at the Robina Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia in its last pool match of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Saturday night.

Fiji escaped 21-17, but did so after struggling against Wales, and a last minute gasp to the tryline to book a semi-final against South Africa yesterday.

Wales scored first after skipper Jerry Tuwai almost scored but stepped on the line on his way to score.

Wales’ lead was cut short by Vatemo Ravouvou a minute to the break after Tuwai weaved past two defenders and off-loaded to Kalione Nasoko who fed Ravouvou for Fiji’s 7-5 lead at half time.

Josua Vakurinabili pushed Fiji further 14-5 when the march resumed.

Wales replied with two quick successive touchdowns, but the ‘Beast’ Semi Kunatani, who had been outstanding throughout the pool plays, had the last say to oust Wales from the gold medal rush.

“Wales did their homework on us, they pressured us on the line-out, got the juice out of that and made tries out of it,” Baber said,.

“It pressured us, but we are here to win. Sometimes it seems we are playing well even if we knew we have not played well in the earlier games.

“We will play South Africa. When the boys always come out against the green jersey, they lift themselves to a different level.

“In this battle, two days of competition, it will be like the rivalry in Hamilton, but we will be back doing our best.”

Fiji had earlier beat Sri Lanka and Uganda.

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