Fiji 7s flying start in Dubai

Fiji's Sevuloni Mocenacagi on attack for Fiji against France in their opening game of the Dubai Sevens 2018 at the The Sevens in Dubai on November 29, 2018. Picture: MARTIN SERAS LIMA

RIDING on the wave of the recent historic win by the Flying Fijians against France in Paris last week, the Fiji Airways Sevens team did not disappoint as they took out their first pool game defeating France at the first stop of the 2018/2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai yesterday.

Fiji struck to their strengths of free-flowing rugby with Sevuloni Mocenacagi getting Fiji’s first points in the first minute after a rampaging run down the left side touch from forward Mesulame Kunavula with Vatemo Ravouvou adding the extras.

Fiji’s second try came in the fifth minute off a set-piece scrum which saw rover Aminiasi Tuimaba break the defence and run 30 metres before off-loading to his captain Kalione Nasoko to go over in the corner.

Conversion unsuccessful leaving the scores at 12-0 to Fiji at the break.

The message at the break from coach Gareth Baber was simple.

“Let them play the game we play and lift the tempo in the next seven minutes,” said Baber.

Fiji did just that and struck back immediately after the break reclaiming the kick off with the off-load game in full effect for Nasoko to send substitute Amenoni Nasilasila adding his name to the tally.

France struggled to contain the Fijians as Nasoko once again sent the ball wide outside the French five metres for Vilimoni Botitu to cross over in the 11th minute. Alasio Naduva got his name on the scoresheet a minute later after fancy footwork opened chinks in the French armour for the speed merchant to go through.

The conversion was also unsuccessful.

From the restart Fiji took full advantage of the tiring French forwards with Nasilasila putting Jerry Tuwai through the gap to stroll under the sticks.

The try was unconverted. Fiji was not done as Botitu once again parted the defence from the restart to get a second try to his name. Naduva successfully put the ball between the uprights ending the game Fiji 39-0 France.

Fiji played Scotland in its second pool game last night with the match against Kenya early this morning.

Other results last night when this edition went to press: USA- Spain 29-0, NZ- Wales 28-7, Kenya- Scotland 14- 35, Argentina- Samoa 19-21, South Africa- Zimbabwe 31-0, England- Canada 26- 12, Australia- Japan 5-0. |

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