Fiji to face Canada in Las Vegas 7s quarters

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team will meet Canada in the Las Vegas 7s quarter finals.

Fiji topped Pool D after defeating Australia 24-17 in their last pool match this morning.

It was the battle between the 2016 finalists as the Australians gave Fiji a run for their money to battle for top spot.

Fiji’s young forward and upcoming star Mesulame Kunavula was outstanding scoring two converted tries as they lead 14-12 in the first half.

Australia fought back with a try to their captain Ed Jenkins in the second half but Kalione Nasoko scored a freakish try after collecting the ball from a kick and chase while Samisoni Viriviri had the final say from a break by Masivesi Dakuwaqa.

Meanwhile Nemani Nagusa was yellow carded for a high tackle.

Fiji will meet Canada at 5pm in the third quarterfinal.

In other quarters, South Africa will meet Australia at 4.16, Argentina will take on USA at 4.38pm while New Zealand will take on England 5.22pm.

Barring any upsets, Fiji is expected to meet either England or New Zealand in the semifinals and South Africa or USA in the Medal Final.

Looking at other results, Scotland thrashed Japan 33-7, Kenya beat Russia 12-10, Argentina upset New Zealand 12-10 to top Pool C, Samoa beat Chile 17-12, England beat USA 24-17, Canada beat France 21-0 while South Africa defeated Wales 21-7.

The semifinals will be held at 9.44am tomorrow while the final will kick off at 1pm tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Vodafone Fiji 7s team was one of six teams unbeaten on day one of the Las Vegas 7s.

The national side kept their hopes of a third consecutive tournament win in Las Vegas alive after notching up two pool wins on day one.

Gareth Baber's side have not won a tournament yet in the 2016‑2017 series but remain on course to clinch their first following a 41‑0 win over Japan and 24‑12 victory over Scotland in Pool D.

Fiji were not alone however in keeping a perfect record at the Sam Boyd Stadium, as hosts USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England all recorded two wins from two.


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