Fiji comeback falls short

Fiji, 19-0 down at half-time to Japan, just fell short 29-24 in the first of two tests

Published by John Birch, September 10th, 2023

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Fiji comeback falls short

Fijiana 15s faced a narrow 24-29 loss to Japan in their first Test match.

The hosts dominated the first half, scoring three tries and building a 19-0 lead after just 26 minutes.

However, the Fijiana made a comeback in the second half, scoring four tries and two successful conversions.

The first try came just two minutes into the second half. A second try followed just seven minutes later. 19-12.

Japan slowed the Fijian comeback with a fourth try after 55m, before Fiji scored their third try on the hour. 24-19

A fifth try for Japan came after 73m, before Fiji added their fourth score from the final play.

Teresia Tinanivalu, Evivi Senikarivi, Adita Miliana, and Mere Naivosa were the try-scorers for Fiji.