Fiji vs Scotland – USA Sevens Rugby

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Pool DSam Boyd Stadium03/01/201903:22 PM2019 USA Sevens

Backed by strong fan support, Fiji’s Waisea Nacuqu put the Olympic gold medalists on the scoreboard with an unconverted try. Fiji’s second score was a classic example of Fijian skill and energy paying off when Vilimoni Botitu was able to make a finger-tips grab of the ball from an offload on the try line.

Scotland’s Max McFarland answered back with a 99-meter scamper for the converted score. Fiji wasted no time rebuilding its lead. Off the restart Nacuqu broke free for his second try of the half. The made conversion sent the teams to halftime.

Fiji started the second half the same way it finished the first, with Jerry Tuwai carving up the Scottish defense and passing to Terio Veilawa for the try and conversion.

With Fiji playing down a man due to a yellow card, Scottish co-captain Robbie Fergusson refused to let his side go down without a fight, scoring an unconverted try in the left corner. As the final three minutes began, Scotland once more benefitted from a penalty and had a shot at closing the gap and pulling a major upset. Instead, a knock on at the Fiji twenty-two both ended the possession and brought Fiji back to full numbers. With all seven men, Fiji was able to score yet another try, this one coming by way of Botitu who received the offload from Aminisasi Tuimaba.

On full time, Fiji forced a penalty and could have easily kicked into touch to end the match. Instead, Fiji looked for points. It almost backfired, as Scotland had a chance. But, in the end, it was Fiji adding seven more points through Veilawa to close the contest.