Fiji Not Through to Cup Quarters for First Time Ever in Dubai

The loss to Argentina together with the narrow win over Japan proved damaging in the end.

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The reigning HSBC World 7s series champions have failed to make the cup quarter-finals in Dubai for the first time ever since the tournament began.

Fiji started day one by narrowly edging out Japan 24-17 in a performance that was unusually messy around the field, but put down as first game of the season jitters.

A face-off with Argentina was Fiji’s first game of Day 2.  In their usual composed way, Fiji found themselves in a comfortable lead of 21-12 with 2 minutes to go. They looked certain to take the win but Argentina had other plans and put together two back-to-back tries to secure a 24-21 win over the rigning champs.

The loss to Argentina together with the narrow win over Japan proved damaging in the end.

Although Fiji beat France 24-14 in their last pool game, Argentina had managed to score enough points against Japan to take the second place spot on points differentials.

France and Argentina top Pool A.


BJ Telefoni Lima

BJ is a junior reporter studying Commerce at Waikato University and plays rugby for Marist Hamilton. He is a youth group member of Apia Harvest Centre in Apia, and Arise Church in Hamilton.
BJ Telefoni Lima