By JOSEPHINE NAVULA
The Digicel Fiji team lifted their performance with determination as they beat Canada in their last pool match 26-5 to qualify themselves in the quarterfinal showdown with Australia at 4.30pm today.
Jasa Veremalua scored a brilliant opening try, then Nadroga’s Sakiusa Gavidi helped set up a try for Samisoni Viriviri under the posts.
Canada came back firing early in the second half with a try but Ilai Tinai and Ulaiasi Lawavou sealed the game for the Fiji with a try each.
In other quarterfinals, at 3:48pm Wales will meet Canada, at 4:09pm Portugal will face Kenya and New Zealand will tackle Samoa at 4:51pm.
Meanwhile in other results from last night, Samoa drew 12-12 with Scotland, Australia beat Argentina 12-5, Kenya defeated France 19-17, South Africa thrashed Wales 31-0, New Zealand beat USA 24-12 and South Africa thrashed Wales 31-0.
The Cup Semifinal will start at 8.06pm and the cup final will kick-off at 11pm.