Saturday, November 30, 2013

A rugby win for Fiji

from Peceli
Excellent win for the Fiji team.

Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens: Fiji romp to maiden triumph in Dubai

Argentina win Plate, Australia Bowl and France Shield titles

Fiji clinched the Emirates Dubai Rugby Sevens for the first time defeating South Africa 29-17 in a pulsating Cup final at The Sevens on Saturday night.
The Pacific Islanders turned on the style to give former England coach Ben Ryan his third triumph in Dubai.

It was a sweet triumph for the Fijians who have been five times runners-up since Dubai became an event in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Having swept aside England on Friday night, they were overwhelming favourites going into the final after handing New Zealand their heaviest defeat 44-0 in the semifinals.
Fiji were not only dazzling in attack but were superb in defence enjoying a 19-0 lead in the first half.

Benito Masilevu set them on the way by shrugging off a few tackles to race away from the halfway to score under the posts in the second minute.

Thereafter it was a dingdong battle with both sides committing a litany of errors before Fiji surged ahead a couple of tries in quick succession.

Masilevu touched down after strongman Pio Tuwai sold a couple of dummies on the left flank while Samisoni Viriviri sneaked across almost with the restart to score an unconverted try in the right corner.
Mulevoro scored a runaway try after Osea Koliniasu stole the ball from a South African scrum to give Fiji a 24-0 advantage.

South Africa staged a fightback of sorts with Fiji being down to six men scoring a couple of tries in quick succession.

Chelsin Kolble got South Africa on the scoreboard with an unconverted try in the left corneer while Sampie Mastriet added another soon after the restart.

But Fiji sealed victory with a minute remaining with Kolinisau jinxing his way through before Leo Naiksau put the finishing touches with Mulevoro adding the extra points.

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