Fiji vs New Zealand – USA Sevens Rugby
19 - 14
Cup Semi FinalsSam Boyd Stadium03/05/201702:06 PMUSA Sevens

With a date against South Africa in the final on offer, New Zealand struck first with a try from Iopu Iopu-Aso. After a lengthy review, the try was awarded, and Fiji was shown a yellow. Capitalizing on the newly gained advantage, New Zealand added a second converted try thanks to Isaac Te Tamaki. With a fourteen point lead, and a man advantage, New Zealand struggled to hold off Fiji, but did so thanks to a knock on of a loosely held ball at the New Zealand twenty-two. Back to seven-a-side, New Zealand won the scrum and kicked to a gap. Fiji recovered and looked to make the deficit more manageable. A delightful step by Jerry Tuwai’s opened things up and Mesulame Kunavula crossed for a try in the left corner. Without the conversion, Fiji still had to score twice. With time enough for a restart, there was still a chance to close the gap further before intermission. Swarming Fijian defense pushed New Zealand back, but an unsuccessful counter ruck opened things up for New Zealand, but no further points were to be had in the first half.

An error on the restart gave Fiji a free kick. Building on the possession and a series of penalties, Joeli Lutumailagi added a second try for Fiji. This time, Vatemo Ravouvou was able to further shrink the gap with the conversion. A short while later, a penalty for a high tackle awarded against Fiji, set the All Blacks Sevens up with a lineout thirty meters back of the goal line. A huge hit from Samisoni Viriviri at midfield opened up a Fijian turnover but New Zealand got it back inside its own twenty-two and kicked a clearance kick, finding touch at its own ten-meter line for a Fijian throw. From there, Fiji was on with a try from Masivesi Dakuwaqa under the post. Ravouvou’s conversion finally put Fiji in front by five. The resulting restart came with 1:17 left and was a low line drive inside the New Zealand twenty-two. New Zealand looked for space up the right touch line with Iopu-Aso, but a huge tackle forced him into touch. With twelve seconds left, New Zealand stole the lineout. The siren soon went, but New Zealand kept it alive until a dropped pass gave Fiji the win. Fiji 19, New Zealand 14.