Fiji mounts second half comeback to beat Canada 36-17 in final pool encounter
Fiji to meet USA in cup quarterfinal

Fiji mounts second half comeback to beat Canada 36-17 in final pool encounter

Fiji to meet USA in cup quarterfinal

By Alifereti Sakiasi
Sunday 11/12/2022
[Photo: World Rugby]

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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