Fiji kick off Oceania 7s with a 26-14 win over defending champions Australia

Fiji kick off Oceania 7s with a 26-14 win over defending champions Australia

By Shanil Singh
Friday 25/06/2021
[Photo: Fiji Rugby Union]

Olympics 7s champions, the Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s team has made a winning start in the Oceania 7s after beating defending champions Australia 26-14 this afternoon.

Fiji who played in an international tournament after more than a year were starved of possession in the opening two minutes with Australia taking a 7-0 lead.

However, two quick tries from debutant Sireli Maqala gave Fiji a 14-7 lead at the break.

Australia scored another try to level the score after the break.

Waisea Nacuqu then scored a solo try to give Fiji a 26-14 lead before Jiuta Wainiqolo scored after the hooter to seal the win.

In another match, New Zealand defeated the Oceania 7s team 28-5.

Fiji will now face the Oceania 7s team in their second match at 9.30 tonight.

The national side has two more games tomorrow where they take on the All Blacks 7s team at 4.22pm and Australia at 9.30pm.

Fiji has two games on Sunday as well.

They take on the Oceania 7s team at 2.30pm and New Zealand at 8.07pm.

There are six rounds of matches in the Oceania 7s where each team will play each other twice.

The highest-ranked team after six matches will be declared the winner.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team will play Australia at 5.06pm today and New Zealand at 10.14 tonight.

They will play the Oceania 7s team at 4.44pm tomorrow and Australia at 10.36pm tomorrow.

The Women’s team will play New Zealand at 3.14pm and then play the Oceania 7s team at 8.33pm Sunday.

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