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Fijiana go down fighting in HK7s opener

Fijiana put on a brave performance and went down fighting 19-12 to Australia in its opening match of the Hong Kong 7s today.

The Saiasi Fuli coached side made a brilliant start and scored in the first minute through speedster Heleina Young.

Captain Raijieli Daveua scored Fijiana’s second try in the 4th minute and a successful conversion Ana Maria Naimasi put them up 12-0.

The Australians managed to hit back and score just before the break through Faith Nathan as they trailed 12-7.

Veteran Sharni Smale leveled up the scores early in the second spell before Australia lost Madison Ashby to a red card for a head high challenge on Ilisapeci Delaiwau in the 10th minute.

Fijiana also lost Younis Bese to a yellow card for an illegal challenge.

Australian players used their experience well and managed to snatch the win in the 11th minute through a Madison Levi try which was converted by her younger sister Teagan.

Fijiana will face South Africa in its next match at 7.12pm tonight.

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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