1 Dec 2018

Sport: Fiji women avoid Dubai wooden spoon

2:48 pm on 1 December 2018

The Fiji Women's Sevens team have managed to avoid the wooden spoon for finishing last at the World Series tournament in Dubai, thanks to a 17-5 win over Kenya.

The Fijiana lost to Canada at the Dubai tournament on their way to 11th place

The Fijiana lost to Canada at the Dubai tournament on their way to 11th place Photo: World Rugby

The Fijiana faced off against the Africans in the 11th place playoff match after losing to China 12-10 in the Challenge Trophy semi-final.

Earlier in the tournament Fiji had beaten Spain but had also suffered losses to France and Canada.

New Zealand took out the women's tournament, their second of the series, beating Canada 26-14 in the final

Black Ferns Sevens win in Dubai 2018.

Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Fiji men start strongly

On the men's side of the Dubai draw Fiji kicked off their campaign emphatically with big wins over France and Kenya and a 21-17 victory over Scotland.

Samoa opened their tournament with a 21-19 win over Argentina but were pipped by South Africa 19-12 before defeating 17-15 in their final game of the day.

Fiji will now take on the United States in the cup quarterfinals while Samoa face Japan in the challenge trophy.

New Zealand were undefeated on their way to a quarterfinal berth against Scotland.

Fiji thrashed France 41-0 in their opening game of the Dubai tournament

Fiji thrashed France 41-0 in their opening game of the Dubai tournament Photo: World Rugby