Fijiana 7s finish fourth in Japan

Fiji captain Ana Maria Roqica made the tournament Dream Team at the Kitakyushu Sevens. Photo: Michael Lee - KLC foto

KITAKYUSHU,Japan-April 24: 11:49am(RNZI): The Fiji women’s sevens team have consolidated fourth place on the Women’s World Series after their first semi final finish in four years.

The Fijiana were denied a famous victory against reigning World Series and Olympic champions Australia in the playoff for bronze at the inaugural Kitakyushu Sevens in Japan.

Fiji led 12-0 half-time and 17-7 midway through the second half but conceded two tries in the final four minutes to go down 19-17.

Captain Ana Maria Roqica and Miriama Naiobasali were both named in the Kitakyushu tournament Dream Team, while Naiobasali was the second highest point-scorer over the weekend.

Fiji’s only other semi final appearance on the World Series was in Guangzhou in April 2014.

Meanwhile New Zealand beat Canada in the Cup final to extend their overall series lead to ten points with two rounds remaining.

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