Fiji survive major scare to beat USA 19-17 in cup quarters

Fiji survive major scare to beat USA 19-17 in cup quarters

By Antonio Rahiman
Sunday 22/05/2022
[Photo:World Rugby Sevens]

The Fiji Airways Menโ€™s 7s team survived a major scare to beat USA 19-17 and qualify for the cup semis of the Toulouse 7s.

Fiji will play Samoa in the second cup semi-final at 12.36am tomorrow while Ireland will take on France at 12.14am in the first semi-final.

Fiji was left frustrated as handling errors and missed tackles riddled their first half performance.

USA starved Fiji of possession in the first spell and scored two tries to lead 12-0 at the break.

Tevita Daugunu had the chance to close the gap with a try in the first half but he lost the ball forward in the process of grounding it.

In the second half, Fiji turned the tables and put in a more polished performance with Josua Vakurunabili, Elia Canakaivata and Kaminieli Rasaku getting tries for Fiji.

The final will be played at 4.26am tomorrow.

Meanwhile, South Africa and New Zealand were bundled out in the pool stages.

New Zealand lost their final pool match to Australia while South Africa were beaten by Samoa and Ireland in their pool matches.

You can catch the live commentaries of Fijiโ€™s games with our top rugby commentator Antonio Rahiman who will be joined by former Fijiana 15 openside flanker, Mere Moto on Viti FM on 92.2FM for Suva, Nausori, Central Division, Labasa, Nadi, and Lautoka, 92.6FM for Rakiraki and 92FM for Sigatoka, Coral Coast, Tavua, Vatukoula, Ba and Savusavu.

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

Fiji Kick off

0 - 5 1' Joe Schroeder scores first for USA.

0 - 123' Lucas Lacamp scores the second try for USA to extend their lead.

Haftime: 0 - 12

USA kick off second half
Josua Vakurunabili finally scores Fiji's first try after relentless pressure
7 - 12
Elia Canakaivata scores in the corner and brings Fiji back into the game
12 - 12
Kaminieli Rasaku mesmerizes the USA defence to score Fiji's third try between the sticks
19 - 12

19 - 17USA score in the corner

Full Time

19 - 17

Cup Playoffs
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