16th October 02:59 AM
Fiji to meet NZ in the SFs of the RWC7s after beating Argentina 43-7
By Save Waqa
Sunday 22/07/2018
Semi Kunatani in action at the RWC 7s [Photo:Fiji 7s Team]

The Fiji Airways Men’s National Sevens Team will now meet New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup Sevens semifinal after displaying brilliant running rugby to outclass Argentina 43‑7 in the quarterfinal of the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Fiji ran in a total of seven tries and dominated the game with possession through the breakdowns and restart.

Semi Radradra who displayed a great performance through out the game was consistent in his delivery.

Radradra helped set up two tries in the first half for Kalione Nasoko and Josua Tuisova.

Paula Dranisinukula also scored a try in the first half to further Fiji’s lead before going into halftime.

Fiji led Argentina 19‑0 at the halftime break.

Coach Gareth Baber reminded the players in the huddle on the importance of defense.

Argentina scored in the first minute of the second half.

Fiji 7s captain Jerry Tuwai outclassed the Argentinians throughout the game with his footwork.  

Tuwai created opportunities which led to Amenoni Nasilasila and Alasio Naduva’s try in the second half.

Naduva side stepped three Argentinian defenders in the corner to create a try for Leone Nakarawa.    S

Speaking after the Argentina game, Leone Nakarawa said that they will continue to focus on the basics.

Looking at other quarterfinal results, South Africa defeated Scotland 36‑5 in a masterclass performance.

Rampant South African forward Werner Kok says they planned for every player to bring their own flare to light a fire on the field against Scotland.  

New Zealand also beat France 12‑7 while England defeated hosts USA 19‑24 at extra time.

NZ 7s veteran Kurt Baker says that it was an intense match and they hope to improve from their mistakes.

England captain Tom Mitchell said it was special making new memories on the field.

Fiji will take on New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup Sevens semifinals at 8.02am tomorrow.

The first semifinal will feature South Africa taking on England at 7.40am tomorrow.

The final of the Rugby World Cup Sevens will begin at 12.49pm tomorrow.

Fijians around the country and in different parts of the world are encouraged to fly the Fiji flag. 

Fiji last won the Melrose Cup in 2005, and 13 years later, fans believe that Gareth Baber has the right mix of players to deliver the win and bring the World Cup home.

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