Fiji vs Australia – USA Sevens Rugby

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Pool DSam Boyd Stadium03/02/201911:52 AM2019 USA Sevens

With both sides having already secured quarterfinal births, Australia took on Fiji in a contest for the top seed from the pool. Australia claimed the first points of the contest thanks to a Fijian turnover and a quick follow-up score by Jeral Skelton. John Porch’s conversion gave Australia a 7–0 lead. Just over a minute later, Jerry Tuwai skirted around two tacklers to cut the margin to two. Fiji was unable to close the gap further before Australia crossed the line for another five-pointer, this one by Ben O’Donnell, to make it 12–5 in favor of the Australians. That lead almost expanded further as the halftime hooter sounded, when Australia tried a chip and chase that was stopped and grounded in goal by a Fijian hand to close the first half.

Australia continued to look like the much better side to start the second half. A converted try in the right corner by Simon Kennewell put Australia in front by 14 points. Australia looked poised to build further on the lead but a penalty at the Fiji five-meter line, led to a turnover and almost instantly to points for Fiji through Paula Dranisinukula’s try in the left corner. With the conversion striking off the pad, Fiji remained two scores behind with three minutes to play. Fiji’s Terio Veilawa made it a one-score contest with a quick try, setting up a restart with two minutes to play and Australia leading by four.

Australia won the restart but lost the ball to a penalty fifty seconds later. With just over a minute to play, Fiji looked to escape the upset. But Fiji was unable to capitalize on the possession, instead losing the ball back to Australia. Lewis Holland found an angle and, with only twenty-five seconds left, scored a try to put Australia on top 26–15.

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