HSBC Paris 7s: Fiji looking for 5th spot finish

Fiji Airways national men's sevens rugby coach Gareth Baber directs his troop during their warm up for their match against Ireland. Picture% PAULINE KOYAMAIBOLE

FIJI has beaten Ireland 38-5 to battle for the fifth position against USA at the HSBC Paris 7s.

South Africa now needs to win the final to win the series.

Fiji currently has 167 points and could get 13 points if it finishes fifth or 12 points if it finishes sixth. It means it could have a total of 180 or 179 points.

With 160 points, South Africa could have 182 points if it wins the final earning 22 points. Or it could have 179 points if it wins the silver medal and 19 points.

Fiji led 14-5 at half time with tries from Amenoni Nasilasila and Alasio Naduva.

At half time Gareth Baber encouraged his team to communicate more and score first at the start of the second half.

“Last couple of sets of defence very good,” Baber said.

“We’ve got make sure we stop them, don’t give them three of four metres at the tackle. I want to hear more talk as well. We’ve been good in the middle of the field. If we’re able to get depth we can pick them off down the sides.”

Fiji scored first in the second half through Paula Dranisinukula who dotted his second minutes later.

Jerry Tuwai and Waisea Nacuqu scored as well to keep Fiji hopes alive in winning the 2017-18 HSBC World Sevens Series title.

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