The Fiji 7s side has failed to make the Hamilton semifinal and will not defend its title after losing to Argentina 26-10 in the final pool match.
Fiji has not been able to qualify for the cup finals in the first three tournaments this season.
The Gareth Baber coached side will now play South Africa in the 9th place playoff at 5:16pm today.
Australia will qualify from the pool on point’s differential and will face New Zealand in the second semifinal.
Fiji needed to beat Argentina to qualify for the semifinal while the Pumas could have qualified if they defeated the national side by 39 points, and on the other hand, Australia just needed Fiji to lose so they could make the top four.
The mathematical equation favored the Australians as Argentina failed to beat Fiji by 39 points.
National Coach Gareth Baber says the side failed to capitalize on a few opportunities they had in the match.
“You go two tries behind we didn’t tidy up kickoffs on that and it hurt us badly but I always thought we could score two quick tries we made line breaks two or three times but we didn’t finish them off and we didn’t create the momentum in the game to get us back into it.”
Baber adds their best was not enough.
“We were not good enough in that we knew we were going to have to be on top of our game in the three games everybody comes out to play as if it’s the cup final and as I said we were not good enough in that last game.”
Source: FBC Fiji