Ruggers in the playoffs

THE Fiji men’s and women’s 7s rugby teams are both playing in the bronze playoffs of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas today.

The men’s rugby team defeated Samoa 15-14, but lost to England 19-26 and will play against Canada while Wales will take on our women’s team as they defeated Bermuda 50-5.

In swimming Taichi Vakasama continues to impress after he was placed 7th in the 50 metre breaststroke going into the finals.

However, in a tough final Taichi was unable to improve from his bronze medal performance on Thursday and finished eighth in the final with a time of 29.46 seconds.

Teammate Temafa Yalimaiwai also won his heat in the 100 metre freestyle with a personal best time of 55.15 seconds while Rosemarie Rova clocked a time of 1.01.60 seconds in the 100 freestyle events.

Both swimmers are still awaiting word on whether they will advance to the finals or not.

Runner Heleina Young proved to be a big surprise making the semi-finals and placing sixth in her race set a personal best time of 12.38 in the women’s 100 metres semi-finals.

Kolinio Radrudru and Waisake Nakavu both miss out on a place in the semi-final while Sadrudru will take part in the 200 metres men’s heat.

Team Fiji tennis rep Vienna Kumar lost her match against England’s Indianna Spink in two straight sets.

Vienna and Sebastian Tikaram later participated and lost to South Africa in two straight sets.

Chef de mission Tomasi Tiko said they had improved in all their personal times in every event they participated in.

“Taichi continues to swim above his standard and has set a platform for himself to build on his career,” Tiko said.

“Helena Young continues to shine through and with our rugby team they have been playing so well.

“Actually when they defeated Samoa who were unbeatable and they showed content and humility while playing,” he said.

Tiko said the exposure the Fiji team had would help them in a long way in their future sports career.

The Commonwealth Youth Games will end tomorrow.

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