London 7s: Vakurunabili scores two tries as Fiji beats England 36-10 to book cup semi final spot with New Zealand

London 7s: Vakurunabili scores two tries as Fiji beats England 36-10 to book cup semi final spot with New Zealand

By Antonio Rahiman , Cecilia Matanatabu
Sunday 29/05/2022
Josua Vakurunabili [Image: Getty Images]

Josua Vakurunabili was too strong for the England defence as he scored two tries to help the Fiji Airways Men’s national 7s team beat England 36-10 and book their cup semi final spot against New Zealand at the London 7s.

Vakurunabili got his first try after a line break from the half way mark and immediately scored again after the restart.

Vuiviawa Naduvalo also got a try in the first half.

Pilipo Bukayaro displayed impressive support play as he got offloads on two occasions in the second half to score two tries. Jeremaia Matana was also got a try for Fiji late in the second half.

In the second quarter final New Zealand beat Ireland 17-7

In other cup quarter final results; Samoa beat Spain 34-12 and Australia eliminated South Africa 21-17.

The Cup semi-finals between Fiji and New Zealand is at 1.53am Monday followed by Samoa taking on Australia.

The Cup final will start at 4.58am Monday.

You can catch the live commentaries of Fiji’s games with our top rugby commentator Antonio Rahiman and former Fijiana 15s openside flanker, Mere Moto on Viti FM on 92FM, 92.2FM and 92.6FM.

You can also download the fijivillage app to listen to the commentaries through the live radio option


Fiji
vs
England
1' Kick off by Waisea Nacuqu
0-0

1' Semi Kunatani with the penalty and Josua Vakurunabili break through England's defense to make the first try for Fiji. Conversion not successful
5-0

2' Forward pass by Bukayaro, they now go into a scrum



3' Alex Davis tries to get through the defense but loses the ball
4' Josua Vakurumabili does it again and scores the second try for the Fijian side, conversion by Nacuqu is successful12-0
6' Vuiviawa Naduvalo takes advantage of the penalties and makes it to the try line to score to extend the lead. Conversion successful.19-0
7' Rasaku offloads the ball to Pilipo Bukayaro to make the third try. Conversion successful24-0

Half time

24-0



24-5
8' Alex Davis scores for the English side

24-5 10' England in possession of the ball and learning their lessons from the first half.  England tries to break through Fiji's defense.

24-10
11' Alex Davis executes for England makes the second try for England to catch up to Fiji. Conversion not successful
12' Fiji now in possession and entering Englands territory for the first time in the 2nd half. Bukayaro finds the gaps and gets through to the try line and scores the fourth try for Fiji. Conversion successful31-10
14' Penalty to Fiji and they look for another score. Kunatani offloads to Jeremaia Matana to finish off the game with a try. 36-10

Fulltime

36-10





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