Fiji sevens rugby team survives a scare from host Japan


By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Tokyo

Fiji’s gold medal defence in sevens rugby got off to a jittery start with the host team Japan running in two tries and two conversions to edge Fiji 14-12 in the first half.

But Fiji came back with two tries and a conversion from Waisea Nacuqu in the second half to seal the game for Fiji, 24-19 to Japan.

Fiji’s Asaeli Tuivuaka recorded the first yellow card of the Tokyo 2020 sevens rugby in the dying minutes of the second half.

Team Fiji supporters at Tokyo Stadium, Photo: FASANOC

After the first three games this morning, Fiji’s Waisea Nacuqu leads the best performing rugby player with 12 points – from two tries and a conversion followed by Great Britain’s Dan Norton with 10 points from two tries.
Great Britain beat Canada 24-0, with four tries and two conversions.

Fiji will meet Canada at 5pm Tokyo Time in its second Pool B game. Great Britain will take on the host Japan at 4.30pm Tokyo Time.