The Fiji Airways men’s 7s team mounted an impressive comeback in the second half to beat a determined Canadian side 33-17 in their final pool match at Cape Town.
Filipe Sauturaga scored the opening try in the 2nd minute of play however, Josiah Morra of Canada responded with a converted try.
Paula Nayacakalou scored his first try of the tournament in the 6th minute.
Poor discipline resulted in Sevuloni Mocenacagi being sin-binned for a dangerous tackle and Canada quickly capitalized through Phil Berna scoring a five-pointer as Canada led 12-10 at half time.
In the second half, Fiji finally regained their focus and momentum as Pilipo Bukayaro and Waisea Nacuqu added their names to the points tally and Manu Maisamoa scored a double to extend Fiji’s lead and seal the win.
Fiji will face USA in the third cup quarterfinal at 6:35am today.
In other quarterfinal matches to be played today, New Zealand will meet Uruguay at 5:37am, followed by Samoa against Argentina at 6:05am and South Africa will face Great Britain at 7:03am.
Meanwhile, the Fijiana 7s will also face team USA in the third women’s cup quarterfinal at 4:28am today.
The men’s cup semifinals will kick off at 1:24am on Monday, followed by the cup final at 5:56am on Monday.
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