HK7s: 7s composure
9 April, 2017, 12:00 am
FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber said composure helped the team survive the torrid battle against arch rival New Zealand in their final pool match at the Hong Kong 7s last night
Baber said he knew it was going to be tough against New Zealand because they had played them a few times this season in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
After the draw against Wales last night, Fiji needed to beat the Kiwis in the last pool match to remain in the cup running.
Instead they were tested to the wire, skipper Osea Kolinisau taken out but the Fijians reaffirmed to the world that they are the 7s gladiators when they absorbed everything the New Zealanders threw.
In the end Vatemo Ravouvou, tired, slid past the tryline to snatch the narrow 17-14 win to book the quarter-final with Canada at 3.24pm today.
“Our composure helped us and the boys also worked hard to get the win,” Baber said.
“Now that we’ve beaten NZ, we will miss South Africa in the quarters.
“In saying that we would’ve played anybody before us on the way to the final.
“Now that we’re through to the quarters, we just got to produce what we got to produce.”
Meanwhile the first quarter-final will be between Australia versus Argentina at 2.58pm, 3.20pm: Fiji vs Canada, 3.42pm: USA vs Engalnd, 4.06pm: South Africa vs New Zealand.