April 16, 2017
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6-man Fiji loses 5th place semifinal

A 6-man Vodafone Fiji 7s team lost the fifth place semifinal of the Singapore 7s to South Africa 19-14 tonight.

The Africans scored in the first minute through Cecil Afrika to take a 7-0 lead.

Isake Katonibau offloaded the ball beautifully a minute later to set Waisea Nacuqu to score and Captain Osea Koliniau successfully converted to level scores.

Katonibau was sent off in the 4th minute for a head high tackle on Dylan Sage, reducing the Fijians to only 6 players.

Despite a man short, the Fijians managed to score again through Nacuqu just before halftime to lead 14-7 at the break.

South Africa leveled scores through a Siviye Soyizwapi try which was converted by Branco Du Preez.

Afrika sealed the win for his side from a kick and chase attempt two minutes before full-time.

South Africa will meet New Zealand in the fifth place final. The Kiwis came from behind to beat defending champions Kenya 24-21.

By Reginald Chandar

 

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