The Fiji Airways Men’s National Sevens team lost to Canada 26-19 in a physical encounter in their second pool game of the Vancouver 7s.
The Canadians made a good start in the match scoring the first try and with quick balls and fast pace of play they managed to cross again for their second try giving them a 12-0 lead.
Terio Tamani got Fiji back on the scoreboard with a try under the posts in the 5th minute before Sevuloni Mocenacagi broke the Canadian defence to score Fiji’s second try bringing the scores to 12-all at half time.
Coach Gareth Baber during the halftime break stressed that the team try and win kickoffs in their second half to improve possession.
The Canadians proved too strong as they continued in their good form in the second half bursting the Fijian defence and scoring another try to extend their lead 19-12.
Hirayama's goes through with an phenomenal step and Jones finishes it for CANADA!— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) March 9, 2019
A massive moment as @RugbyCanada record their first win over Fiji since Cape Town 2017 #Canada7s pic.twitter.com/CbkZnRFbkM
The Fijians did not throw in the towel and sprinter Aminiasi Tuimaba crossed for another try through an offload from Jerry Tuwai to again equal the scores at 19-all.
Canada again replied with another try to seal their win.
Fiji now need to win their last pool game against Samoa at 2.02 this afternoon in order to secure a place in cup quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, Spain created a big upset defeating New Zealand 26-24.
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