August 01, 2022
Fijiana 7s settled for Silver at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, London this morning after suffering a 22-12 defeat against Australia in the final.
Despite a nervous kick off from Australia the ladies in gold managed to bounce back and score the opening try through Faith Nathan following a long pass from Sharani Williams but Williams missed the conversion.
A composed play from the Australian defence saw them break through the Fijiana defence and beat Sesenieli Donu and Nathan dived over, bagging her second try and Williams failed to convert again.
A beautiful timely pass from Nathan saw Madison Ashby take advantage of a penalty and score the third try for the Aussies which she also converted to give them a 17-0 halftime lead.
Australia continued with their impressive performance in the second half, giving Fijiana no chance touching the ball and a pass from Du Triot saw Maddison Levi diving for their fourth try.
Ana Naimasi got Fijiana back in the game with a super try after racing through the Australian defence in the 11th minute and she also converted to narrow the gap.
Australia continued to win the ball throughout the physical contest while Fijiana kept losing possession, lacking at breakdown.
In the final few seconds of the match, Australia were reduced to six women after Charlotte Caslick was flashed a yellow card for a high tackle.
Fiji took advantage of the situation and it was Sesenieli Donu who scored the final try for Fiji but Naimasi failed to convert.
Meanwhile New Zealand claimed the Bronze medal after beating Canada 19-12.
By Romeka Romena