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Sydney 7s 2020

Sydney 7s 2020

By Fijivillage
Tuesday 04/02/2020

Fans flock airport to welcome Fiji 7s team (Tuesday 04/02/2020)
By Navitalai Naivalurua

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Fans turned up in numbers at the Nadi International Airport to welcome the Fiji Airways Men’s and Women’s National 7s team.

The men’s team won the title in Sydney while the women’s team finished 5th.

Meli Derenalagi who won his first tournament as captain says it was quite challenging to fill in as captain.

He thanked senior teammates like Jerry Tuwai, Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Waisea Nacuqu for helping him lead the team.

Following their winning performance in the Sydney 7s, Fiji now sits at fifth spot in the HSBC World Rugby 7s standing with 53 points while New Zealand are still series leaders with 76 points.

The Men's World Series resumes in Los Angeles at the end of the month.

Bolaca and Nacuqu selected in 2020 HSBC Sydney 7s Dream team (Monday 03/02/2020)
By Navitalai Naivalurua

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Napolioni Bolaca and Waisea Nacuqu have been selected in the 2020 HSBC Sydney 7s Dream Team.

Bolaca played a crucial role in Fiji’s 12-10 victory over South Africa in the final last night, where he scored the only tries for Fiji to give them the win.

Also included in the team are three South African players; JC Pretorius, Selvyn Davids and Anglo Davids, with Ben Pinkelman of USA and Ben Harris of England.

Fiji currently sits at 5th spot with 53 points in the HSBC World Rugby 7s series standing while New Zealand are still leading with 76 points.

The Los Angeles 7s Tournament will be held from the 1st of next month.

Fiji wins Sydney 7s beating South Africa 12-10 in the final (Monday 03/02/2020)
By Shanil Singh

 

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The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s Team have won the HSBC Sydney 7s for the first time after beating South Africa 12-10 in the final.

Napolioni Bolaca who was also named as the player of the final scored twice in the first half as Fiji led 12-5 at the break.

Josua Vakurunabili was shown a yellow card in the first half for a shoulder charge.

Zain Davids scored the first try of the second half to bring South Africa back into the match but Fiji hung on to win

This was also Fiji’s first tournament win in the HSBC 7s Series this season.

Fiji co-captain Meli Derenalagi says the win was all about a great team effort.

Fiji has now moved to 5th in the HSBC 7s Series Standings with 53 points while New Zealand still lead the series with 76 points.

Fiji had earlier beaten England 17-14 in the semi-final.

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Fiji

12-10

South Africa

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Fiji kicks off

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Bolaca scores the first try for Fiji '3 Zain Davids scored the first try
Vakurunabili showed a yellow card in the first half for a shoulder charge '4  
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Fiji to play South Africa in the final at 10:26PM (Sunday 02/02/2020)
By Fijivillage

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The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s Team are through to the final of the HSBC Sydney 7s after beating England 17-14 in the second semi-final.

Napolioni Bolaca the only try of the first half as Fiji led 7-0 at the break.

Waisea Nacugu then scored Fiji’s second try in the second half to extend the lead to 12-0 before Jerry Tuwai scored in the corner to take the game beyond England’s reach.

Fiji were down to 5 men at one stage in the second half as Asaeli Tuivuaka and Alasio Naduva were both shown yellow cards.

South Africa had earlier beaten USA 19-12 in the first semi-final.

Fiji play South Africa at 10:26pm.

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Fiji

17-14

England

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Fiji kicks off '1  
5 meters scrum leads Fiji first try by Bolaca '2  
     
     
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  '8 England kicks off in second half
Fancy footwalk by Nacuqu leads to Fiji 2nd try '9  
Tuwai scores in the corner after a great team work '10  
Tuivuaka yellow carded for deliberate knock down '11  
Naduva yellow card '11 England penalty try
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Fiji wallops Wales to book Sydney 7s semi final with England (Sunday 02/02/2020)
By Naveel Krishant

 

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The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s Team has qualified for the semi-final of the Sydney 7s as they thrashed Wales 55-0 in their last pool match.

Fiji ran rampant and Wales had no answer for the Fijian onslaught. 

Fiji scored their tries in the first half through Aminiasi Tuimaba who scored twice, while Jerry Tuwai, Meli Derenalagi and Waisea Nacuqu scored a try each.

The national side was in the same devastating form in the second half as Napolioni Bolaca scored soon after the re-start.

Fiji continued the rampant try scoring form through Asaeli Tuivuaka, Alasio Naduva and Livai Ikanikoda.

Captain Meli Derenalagi was also instrumental as he won a number of re-starts.

Derenalagi says the players are like brothers.

Fiji also improved in their breakdowns.

Fiji will now play England in the second semi-final at 5.42pm.

The final is at 9.56 tonight.

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Fiji 

55-0

Wales

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Nacuqu scores first try for Fiji

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Tuimaba scores second try for Fiji  '4  
Tuimaba scores another try in the corner  '5  
Meli Derenalagi scores his first try in this pool match '6  
Jerry tuwai scores 5th try '7  
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Bolaca scores 1st try in the second half

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Tuivuaka scores another try in the corner '12  
Speed star Naduva scores 3rd try in the second half '13  
Ikanikoda scores Fiji's last try '14  
     
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Fiji smash NZ in Sydney 7s pool match (Saturday 01/02/2020)
By Shanil Singh

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The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s team are a win away from the semi-final of the HSBC Sydney 7s after beating series leaders New Zealand 26-5 in their second pool match.

Two tries from Aminiasi Tuimaba and a try from Sevuloni Mocenacagi saw Fiji lead 21-0 at the break.

Regan Ware scored early in the second half to bring New Zealand back in the match but a late try from Waisea Nacuqu secured the win.

Coach Gareth Baber says the players love playing against New Zealand and the match was like a final itself.

Fiji now needs a win against Wales in their last pool match tomorrow to qualify for the semi-final.

Fiji play Wales at 2.19pm tomorrow.

The semi-final will start at 5.20pm tomorrow while the final is at 9.56pm.

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26-5

New Zealand

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  '8 Regan Ware scored early in the second half to bring New Zealand
 Waisea Nacuqu secured the win '11  
     
     
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Fiji beats Kenya 28-14 in 1st pool match (Saturday 01/02/2020)
By Naveel Krishant

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The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s Team has made a winning start at the Sydney 7s as they beat Kenya 28- 14.

Collins Injera scored for Kenya as they took a 7-0 lead.

Fiji’s speedster, Aminiasi Tuimaba scored to level the scores before Vilimoni Botitu scored out-wide to ensure that Fiji leads at half-time.

Fiji led 14-7 at half time

Fiji started the second half in similar fashion as they closed the first half as Josua Vakurunabili was the recipient of a brilliant off-load by Waisea Nacuqu to score Fiji’s third try.

Tuimaba scored Fiji’s last try before Kenya got a consolation try.

The temperature in Parramatta is close to mid 40’s.

Fiji captain Meli Derenalagi says they have learned from their mistakes and are ready for New Zealand later tonight.

He has also thanked the fans for turning up in numbers.

Fiji will take on New Zealand at 9.33pm and play Wales at 2.19pm tomorrow in their last pool match.

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Fiji

2nd Half 28-14

Kenya

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  '2 Collins Injera scored for Kenya as they took a 7-0 lead
Tuimaba scores under the post '3  
Botitu scores in the corner  '7  
     
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Josua Vakurunabili was the recipient of a brilliant off-load by Waisea Nacuqu to score Fiji’s third try '8  
Tuimaba scored Fiji’s last try '11  
  '14 Kenya score the last try in the second half
     
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Fiji aim to create history by winning their first title in Sydney (Saturday 01/02/2020)
By Naveel Krishant

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The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s team will be out to create history as they aim to win their first title at the Sydney 7s

Since the Australian leg of the HSBC 7s series moved to Sydney in 2016, Fiji are yet to win.

The best finish we have had was a third-place finish in 2016.

Fiji's last win in Australia was in the 2014-2015 season when we won the Gold Coast 7s title.

The Fiji Men’s 7s team will open their Sydney 7s campaign against Kenya at 3.09pm today, then they will take on New Zealand at 9.33pm  and  play Wales at 2.19pm tomorrow in their last pool match.

Speedster Alasio Naduva back in Fiji 7s team for Sydney 7s (Friday 31/01/2020)
By Fijivillage

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Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s speedster Alasio Naduva has been included in the 12 member team that will participate in the Sydney 7s tomorrow.

Fiji 7s forward Apenisa Cakubalavu will be taking his place as the 13th player.

Fiji 7s Coach, Gareth Baber says after gauging the performance of the players during their training and game analysis from Hamilton 7s, they have decided to include Naduva and shift Cakaubalavu to 13th player.

Baber says the players regrouped after the Hamilton 7s outing and worked on rectifying a few key areas through-out the week.

Also, the Fijiana 7s team have been named and they will be without captain Raijeli Daveuwa and sprint-queen Asinate Savu.

Both players have been ruled out after suffering injuries in Hamilton last weekend.

Pricilla Siata, who joined the camp in Sydney this week has been included in the 12 member team.

Tokasa Seniyasi will be wearing the captaincy armband and she will also be the youngest player to captain the Fijiana 7s team to an international tournament.

Seniyasi will be guided by experienced players such as Rusila Nagasau and Ana Maria Roqica.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Men’s 7s team will open their Sydney 7s campaign against Kenya at 3.09pm tomorrow, then they will take on New Zealand at 9.33pm tomorrow and  play Wales at 2.19pm Sunday in their last pool.

The Fijiana 7s team will face USA at 10.30am tomorrow in their first pool match, they will take on Canada at 4.30pm tomorrow before meeting Brazil at 9.45am Sunday in their last pool.

Fiji 7s optimistic of Sydney 7s tournament (Friday 31/01/20200
By Navitalai Naivalurua

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The Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s team will be aiming to win their first-ever Sydney 7s title tomorrow.

Fiji has never won the title since its inception in 2016.

In the past years, Fiji has only come close to winning the title since they finished in 4th place last year, third place in 2018, 5th place in 2017 and 3rd place in 2016.

Fiji 7s co-captain Meli Derenalagi says there is a lot of expectations for the team and players understand that they need lift their performance.

Derenalagi says they have reviewed their matches last week, and have been working on these mistakes during their training sessions.

Fiji kick off their Sydney 7s campaign against Kenya at 3.09pm tomorrow, they then play New Zealand at 9.33pm tomorrow and play Wales at 2.19pm Sunday in their last pool match.

The semi-finals start at 5.20pm Sunday while the final will be played at 9.56pm Sunday.

The women’s competition starts at 10.30am tomorrow with the Fijiana playing USA. The men’s competition kicks off at 12.57pm tomorrow with USA taking on Scotland.

Fiji 7s team ready for Sydney 7s - Derenalagi (Thursday 30/01/2020)
By Dhanjay Deo
 

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Fiji Airways Men’s National 7’s team co-captain, Meli Derenalagi says they have regrouped and are looking forward to the Sydney 7’s after their dismal performance last weekend.

Fiji which failed to spark last weekend in New Zealand will have to show major improvement in the pool stages to secure a spot in the semis this week as they will face teams like series leaders, New Zealand, Kenya and Wales.

Derenalagi says the players have worked on their weaknesses.

Fiji kicks-off their Sydney 7s campaign against Kenya at 3.09pm Saturday, they then play New Zealand at 9.33pm Saturday and play Wales at 2.19pm Sunday in their last pool match.

The semi-finals start at 5.20pm Sunday while the final will be played at 9.56pm Sunday.

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