Fijiana survives scare from South Africa to win 21-17 in the dying seconds

Fijiana survives scare from South Africa to win 21-17 in the dying seconds

By Alipate Narawa
Sunday 16/10/2022
Photo:Getty Images

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s have defeated 11th ranked South Africa 21-17 to get their first win at the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Fiji struck first through winger Ilisapeci Delaiwau in the 12th minute after some broken play and it was successfully converted by Lavena Cavuru.

A couple of missed opportunities where the Fijiana could have extended their lead, but luckily the South Africans were not able to capitalise.

Zintle Mpupha sliced through the Fijiana defence and dotted down between the sticks making the conversion easy for Janse van Rensburg to level the score.

Akanisi Sokoiwasa cruises over for a try on the stroke of half-time with Cavuru getting the conversion to take a 14-7 lead at the break.

In the 59th minute, South Africa got a penalty and they power over on their second attempt after recycling the ball quickly and Hele diving over to level the score 14-all.

Janse van Rensburg strikes back with a penalty goal to give South Africa the lead with 40 seconds left, but the Fijianas had the last say with No 8 Karalaini Naisewa brushing aside the defence to score under the sticks.

The Fijiana will face France next Saturday at 6.15pm in their final pool game.

South Africa

Kick off!
2nd min Great start from Fiji

4th min: try to Fiji

Great break from Sesenieli Donu... but the call was forward pass

5th min: Great performance from the SA forwards
13th min: Try to Fiji: Ilisapeci Delaiwau

 Conversion successful by Lavena Cavuru

17th min: Fijiana have another chance to extend their lead. 

18th min: missed chance from Fiji as they knocked it on 5 metres to the try line

24th min: great break from Fiji in their 22 metres, but unfortunately they loss the ball

30th min: water break.. good outing by the girls but they need to keep the ball more. 

34 min: great defence from the girls but they have lost another chance to extend their lead.

35th min: try to SA
40th min: Try to Fiji: Akanisi Sokoiwasa ,Conversion success


46th min: Yellow card to Fiji Akanisi Sokoiwasa

51st min: and a TRY for Fijiana by Vika Matarugu

57th min: For the second time in the game, Fiji have a try scrubbed out! There was a little knock on at the base of the ruck a couple of phases before that try was scored, and the TMO has spotted it. Could be a massive moment in the contest.

58th min: Try to SA South Africa penalty 25m out, and they tap and go. It's taken to the posts where Ntoyanto comes up just short! On the next phase, Hele dives over and gets a try that she massively deserves!
62nd min: missed chances from Fijiana

66th min: Fijiana missed another chance to score another try  

69th min: Fijiana have another chance.

74th min: penalty conversion missed from Lavena Cavuru. 

78th min: SA converts a penalty.
79th Try to Fiji Karalaini Naisewa, conversion successful

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