Rugby

19th January

Rugby: Saracens accept further 35-point deduction, to be relegated – report

(Reuters) – Saracens are to accept their heavy deduction for breaching the Premiership’s salary cap rules and will therefore be relegated at the end of the season, a report from The Guardian said on Friday....

18th January

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Police retain title

Police have retained the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament title after a tough battle against Mango Bay Ratu Filise in the final. Police won 17-14. Police led 12-0 at halftime but Ratu Filise bounced back in the second half to take the lead 14-12 before the Police scored a try in the last minute....

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise downs Stallions to qualify for cup final

Mango Bay Ratu Filise defeated BLK Eco Tray Stallions 14-7 to qualify for the cup final of the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament. Both teams were locked 7-7 in the halftime break but Ratu Filise managed to score another converted try in the second half to win the match. They will face defending champions...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Police defeats Tabadamu in cup semis

McDonald’s Coral Coast defending champions Police defeated Tabadamu 14-12 in an epic cup semifinal. Tabadamu led 12-7 in the break. However, Police were consistent throughout and scored their winning try with a successful conversion from Kitione Taliga to win them the match. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Tabadamu downs NFA side

The Tabadamu 7s team narrowly escaped the NFA side 19-17 to qualify for the semifinals of the McDonald’s Coral Coast tournament. An unsuccessful conversion in the last second could have extended the game to extra time. However, luck was not on the NFA’s side missing the significant conversion. Both teams were locked 12-12 in the...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise thumps Vatutalei in cup quarterfinal

Mango Bay Ratu Filise thumped Vatutalei KeiViti 26-5 in the last cup quarterfinals of the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament. The Namatakula-based side scored two converted tries in the first spell leading the Vatutalei KeiViti 14-0, then extended their lead in the second half. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Police edge Uluinakau to qualify for Cup semi

MCDONALD’S Coral Coast Rugby 7s defending champions Police edged Uluinakau 7-0 to qualify for the cup semifinals at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka today. Police scored their only try in the first half. It built a solid wall of defence when defending with six men.

Ikanikoda and Tuivuaka for Hamilton 7s

FIJI 7s exponents Livai Ikanikoda and Asaeli Tuivuaka have forced their way back into a powerful 13-man team named by coach Gareth Baber for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Hamilton and Sydney 7s. “These players have responded very well during the past few weeks of training,” Baber said. “We’ve thrown some solid sessions at...

17th January

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Fijiana Development scoops women’s title

THE Fijiana Development side scooped the 2020 McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament women’s division title beating the Fiji Airports Nadi Aviators 21-7. Striders walked away as Plate champions after they defeated Marist Seahawks 22-5. Rugby Vault Intern scooped the third-place play-offs beating Flying Vixens.

Baber names powerful 13-men touring squad for Hamilton

LIVAI Ikanikoda and Asaeli Tuivuaka return to the squad for their first tour of the seaon as Gareth Baber names a powerful 13-men touring squad for the next leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. “Livai is a great player and has shown a lot of commitment in training plus Tuivuaka has improved his...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Redwings defeat Raiwasa Taveuni

REDWINGS defeated Raiwasa Taveuni 17-12 in the final pool round. This is the first upset of the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament as Raiwasa was a runner up from last week’s Tabadamu 7s losing to Tabadamu 33-10. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.  

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise wins second match

MANGO Bay Ratu Filise defeated Western Sydney Two Blues 19-12 in the second round of the pool games at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament in Sigatoka. Ratu Filise led 12-7 at the break and extended their lead in the second half while the Australian based team scored a late try in...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: No rain yet at cloudy Lawaqa Park

WHILE the threat of Tropical Cyclone Tino is affecting some parts of the country, the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s has been an exception. There has been no rain since the morning and fans have been entertained to the Fijian flair style of rugby. A slight south easterly breeze has been keeping the players...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Favourites register wins in round one

NO major upsets have been recorded in the first round of the 2020 McDonald;s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s. Defending champions Police had little to do in its 31-nil win over Outrigger. Tabdamu, which came into this tournament after winning it’s own tournament last week, was made to wkr hard in their 14-7 win over BLK...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Defending champions make winning start

OLYMPIC games gold medalists Kitione Taliga and Samisoni Viriviri helped their Police team beat Outrigger 31-0 at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s today. Police led 12-0 at the break and extended their lead in the second half with the reserves making an impact. Fiji 7s extended squad Suli Volivoli is also in the...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: USA Falcons hold Natadra to a draw

THE USA Falcons side had to come from behind to register a crucial draw in its first match at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s. The overseas based side held Natadra 21-all at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa Park this morning. Pool matches continue at the venue and entry for fans is free.

Tabadamu registers win in first match at Coral Coast 7s

THE Tabadamu rugby sevens team won its first pool match at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament beating BLK Stallions 14-7 at Lawaqa Park this morning. Tabadamu drew first blood scoring under the crossbar and a successful conversion saw them take a slender 7-nil lead at the break. In the second half...

Main competition begins at Coral Coast 7s

THE first round of pool matches in the main competition is underway at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coast 7s at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa Park. Defending champions Police open its campaign against Outrigger at 11.13am today. Pool matches will continue till this evening while the finals begin tomorrow morning. Entry is free for today and tomorrow.

Slow start allows Fijiana to achieve target

THE Fijiana 7s team had their eyes firmly fixed on the Oceania 7s at the starting of the 2020 HSBC Sevens Series. Coach Saiasi Fuli said the main focus was the qualification to the Olympics which hindered the start to their 2020 campaign at Glendale in the United States. The Fijiana finished 10th at Glendale...

Baber impressed

FIJI 7s team head coach Gareth Baber highly rates Suliano Volivoli as a warhorse on the rugby field because he meets the expectations from his coaches during training sessions. Volivoli was part of the Tabadamu 7s team that won the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament in 2016-2017. He joined the Police 7s team in 2018...

16th January

Tuva Youths retains Coral Coast title

TUVA Youths are still the champion of the 10th edition of the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament beating Dominion Brothers 15-10 in an epic final at Lawaqa Park. Both teams were locked 5-all at the halftime break and both scored in the second half extending their lead to 10-all until the final whistle. It was a...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Rugby Academy Vitilevu wins Bowl final

RUGBY Academy Vitilevu won the Bowl final at the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament beating NFA Youths 10-5. The team was mentored by former Flying Fijian Seremaia Bai and his development program with the academy. Bai’s team led 10-0 in the halftime break and maintained the lead to win the match. Read more reports...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Mango Bay Ratu Filise wins u19 shield final

MANGO Bay Ratu Filise under 19 team won the Shield final at the 2020 McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament. The Namatakula-based team defeated Nailaga 20-7 to claim the title.

Tuva Youths secure finals berth

TUVA Youths under 19 team has secured a place in the Cup final of the Youth Division after edging a bold Vueti Cakau side in a sudden death semifinal 5-0 at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast tournament. The defending champions fought to their last breath scoring in the dying stages of second spell of...

South Africa names strong squad for Hamilton 7s

SOUTH Africa 7s coach Neil Powell has named a strong squad for next weekend’s Hamilton 7s. The squad naming sees the return of Cecil Afrika, Werner Kok and Branco du Preez who missed out on the first two tournaments. Stedman Gans will captain the team. Other stars such as Justin Geduld, Selvyn Davis, Chris Dry...

Women’s competition continues at Coral Coast 7s

SECOND round of the women’s pool games continues at the McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. New Zealand based team Rugby Vault Intern defeated the Nadi Blazers 24-0. They led the Blazers 12-0 at the half time break. The Interns are based at Yadua village and hosted by the...

Fijiana Development make winning start

THE Fijiana Development side has made a winning start at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s. The side beat Fiji Airports Nadi Aviators 21-14 in its match today. The Saiasi Fuli coached side outscored its opponents three tries to two.   McDonalds Fiji’s Coral Coast Sevens Womans Round 2. Pool E: Sydney Savusavu VS...

Women’s competition kicks off at Coral Coast 7s

THE Fiji Airports Nadi Aviators women’s rugby side thumped Sydney Savusavu 45-5 in the women’s competition at the McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s this morning. The Nadi Aviators outscored their opponents nine tries to one. In other women’s matches, Striders beat RA Fiji Women 26-7, Nadi Blazers edged NFA women 24-19 while Rugby Vault Intern...

Youth division semi-finals confirmed

THE plate and cup semifinals for the under 19 teams will kick off at the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament in Sigatoka. In the first cup semifinal defending champions Tuva Youths will take on Vueti Cakau. Tuva defeated Vunavutu Blues in the quarterfinals 17-5 and Vueti Cakau beat Ravuka Sharks 15-7. In the second...

Jay Whyte. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Youths urged to give best shot at Coral Coast 7s

THE McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament director Jay White addressed youths seeking the opportunity to be future rugby stars to give their best at the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament. White said the reason for including the youths division was to expose the future talents of Fiji rugby. “This is the fifth year...

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