March 04, 2018
Captain Jerry Tuwai scored a last gasp try as Fiji came from behind to beat New Zealand 14-10 and seal its spot in tomorrow's Cup semifinal of the Las Vegas 7s in Nevada.
The first Cup quarterfinal proved to be a very tensed affair with the traditional rivalry between the two nations at its best display.
Fiji scored first through Vatemo Ravouvou and took an early 7-0 but a bursting run from coast to coast by young Fijian play-maker Vilimoni Koroi narrowed to the scores to 7-5.
And a drive to the line from a ruck situation saw Sione Molia score New Zealand's second try and give them a 10-7 halftime lead.
The second half was full of errors as both teams made a number of mistakes both in attack and defence.
With less than 20 seconds remaining on the clock, the Fijians went on attack and kept possession as New Zealand threw everyone back in defence.
As the hooter sounded, the Kiwis tried to disrupt Fiji's play but good passing and ball handling skills resulted in a beautiful off-load to Tuwai who raced into the try zone and dotted the ball down for the winner.
Fiji will meet host, the United States of America (USA) in the first semifinal at 9.12am while defending champions South Africa will face Argentina in the second semifinal at 9.34am.
In the other quarterfinals, USA defeated England 17-12 and Argentina also defeated Kenya by the same score-line while South Africa overcame Australia 29-17.
By Reginald Chandar