Serious questions are being asked after yet another dismal performance by the Fiji Airways men’s 7s team in the HSBC World 7s Series.
Fiji was bundled out of the cup competition after going down 31-12 to South Africa in the semi final.
We had a subdued performance again on the final day of the tournament while the South Africans came out firing with a clear determination to outsmart the Fijians.
The South Africans were dominant in all aspects of the match with their fast paced play, well executed support play and solid defence.
Fiji, on other hand, had weak defence with a lot of mistackles, lack of support play and lack of cohesion on attack.
The tries for South Africa were scored by Shilton van Wyk, Dalvon Blood and Jaiden Baron.
Iowane Teba scored for Fiji in the 10th minute of play, while Viwa Naduvalo made a last minute try before the final hooter.
In the first semifinal match, New Zealand demonstrated perfect form, thrashing France 36-5.
The All Black 7s men and women are champions in Sydney after winning both the men’s and women’s titles.
The All Blacks men’s 7s team put a dominant display of 7s rugby, thrashing South Africa 38–0 in the cup final, while the All Blacks women’s team belted France with a 35–0 thrashing as well.
Meanwhile, the Fiji Airways men’s 7s team finished in 5th place after winning the bronze final against France 29–5.
The Fijiana 7s finished 6th.
In the overall series standings for the men, New Zealand leads with 85 points, South Africa is in second place with 76 points, Samoa and France are third and fourth respectively with 68 points each and Fiji is in 5th place with 67 points.
The Fiji Airways men’s 7s team put on a much improved performance beating France 29–5 in the bronze final of the Sydney 7s.
Thomas Carol of France scored the opening try, however speedster Iowane Teba responded for Fiji scoring a double in 2 minutes. Viwa Naduvalo extended the lead for Fiji just before half time to 17-5.
Manueli Maisamoa displayed his strength busting through the French defence to score Fiji’s fourth try.
Fresh legs from Alosio Naduva sealed the win for Fiji in the 13th minute.
Meanwhile, the Fijiana 7s finished in 6th place after losing to hosts, Australia 36–12 in the 5th place playoff.
|Sun 29 Jan||Full Time||France||0 - 35||New Zealand|
|Sun 29 Jan||Full Time||New Zealand||38 - 0||South Africa|
|Women's 5th Place Play-Off||-|
|Sun 29 Jan||Full Time||Australia||36 - 12||Fiji|
|Men's Bowl Final||-|
|Sun 29 Jan||Full Time||Fiji||29 - 5||France|
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