In day two of the Oceania sevens tournament in Townsville, Australia, the Fijiana 7s shocked the hosts after beating the Aussie women 19-12.
The Australia women’s sevens are the current Olympic gold medalists after beating New Zealand in 2016 at the Rio Olympic Games. While the Fijiana women wasn’t able to pass through the quarter finals match.
Australia has since then had difficulty beating the silver medalist, Black Ferns, in their Trans-Tasman tournament last month, they only beat the Kiwi women once in six games. In the Oceania Seven, they have so far dropped in their performance even more as the New Zealanders outshined them on home soil.
Australia’s much awaited game against Fiji cam to a shock as Fiji kept Australia at bay with their bone crunching tackles. Like taking a piece of the Fiji men’s style of play, the Fijiana women punched through the defending champions defensive line.
Fiji beat the Australian’s 19-12 in their first match against the hosts, day three will have all eyes on the three teams that will take on the last day of their pre Olympic preparation.
The New Zealand Black Ferns are coming into the Tokyo Olympic Games hot, as they vowed to win the gold medal after losing to the Australian women in a dramatic finals match five years ago.
Saiyasi Fuli the head coach of the Fijiana women, have taken this win as a great learning experience for the women.
The third and final day of the Oceania Sevens will be kicking off in a few hours, June 27, with both the men’s and the women’s teams from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand looking to enter the Tokyo Olympic Games in a high.
The Fiji men and Australian women are the defending champions in the Tokyo Olympics, with the pandemic as the biggest factor for all teams as they made their preparations in the past year. Who will come out champions in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.