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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Fiji and England classic Quarter Final in Hong Kong

England were determined to beat all before them in Hong Kong after their unfortunate Sevens World Cup loss in Dubai recently. It was not to be though as they went up against eventual champions Fiji in a dramatic Quarter Final.

Fiji scored a last gasp try to win 10-7 in a tense and exciting last eight match.

Emosi Vucago struck first for Fiji but England took the lead after hitting back with a converted try by Rob Vickerman.

With the seconds counting down on the clock and England looking certain to progress, the Fijians made their way down field and with time up, were awarded a penalty.

Pio Tuwai crossed with time up, and it was Fiji who broke England hearts yet again, before beating Kenya in the Semis, and South Africa in the final.

Disappointment for the English side once again, and for coach Ben Ryan.

"I know this side can do better but we didn't keep the ball," said Ryan.

"We spilled out a couple of times at the breakdown and they put pressure on us there, we need to relax on the ball and we just didn't do that, we looked a little agitated.

"Fiji did well, they have had a pretty poor season so far and for them this is the Olympic Games. They put us under lots of pressure at the end we didn't look up we looked down.

Time: 08:29



  • Gotta love the Sevens unpredictability. Could have gone either way. Nice to see Varndell in action again. Exciting player.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at April 01, 2009 3:27 pm  

  • Exactly. While, on the whole, the winner in 7's is the better side (not always the case in football/soccer) one of the great things about 7's is that it's a great evener and thus it's difficult to predict.

    We've stopped calling them upsets now, as it's almost mainstream to see so-called 'minor' sides beat the big boys.

    One question, why is Australia comparatively weak, is it that it's not taken very seriously by ARU?

    By Blogger Kerivoula, at April 01, 2009 3:36 pm  

  • So true!! The team who makes the least mistakes is 9 times out of ten the team who win!! I love 7's so much fun!!

    By Anonymous james, at April 01, 2009 4:12 pm  

  • an ugly game, even by sevens standards. too much aimless kicking

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2009 9:44 pm  

  • dramatic finish! well done fiji

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2009 6:22 am  

  • Thanks so much RD. Sevens is so great i never get tired of these games. Would you happen to have other footages of the HK7s ?

    By Anonymous tehsniper, at April 02, 2009 10:49 am  

  • Kerivoula,
    France arnt any good either and for Ireland... well I cant remeber the last time I saw them do well on a sevens pitch.

    By Anonymous mattn, at April 02, 2009 11:05 pm  

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