The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s bid for a win at the HSBC Dubai Sevens started on a high note after beating Japan 24-17 in their first pool match.
Fans were expecting defending series champions Fiji to run in the tries against invitational side Japan and there were only 25 seconds on the clock when Vilimoni Botitu opened the scoring. Jerry Tuwai, the World Rugby Men’s Sevens Player of the Year 2019 in association with HSBC, then reacted fastest when the ball skewed out of a Japanese scrum to score Fiji’s second but it was 10-5 at half-time after Yoshikazu Fujita touched down.
Brothers Isoa Tabu and Sevuloni Mocenacagi pushed Fiji clear but once more Japan came back at them, cutting the final deficit to seven points with tries by Fujita and Kippei Ishida.
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