Fiji win 11 out of 11 lineouts against Wales in 2007

Current skipper Akapusi Qera leads Fiji's attack against Wales in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photo: World Rugby

Current skipper Akapusi Qera leads Fiji’s attack against Wales in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Photo: World Rugby

Fijian teams have thrilled crowds for years both in the 15 and 7-player formats. In 2007, Fiji delivered their predictable entertainment and more importantly had consistency in performance.

The side had two wins against Japan and Canada and a loss to the Wallabies before taking on Wales in the final group game.

Despite only having 35 per cent of possession in the first 40, Fiji raced to a 25-10 lead at half-time, including one the tries of the tournament to winger Vilimoni Delasau.

Fiji continued to make the most of their territory and delighted forwards coach (and Roar Expert) Greg Mumm by winning all 11 of their lineout throws.

“If you take away our ball it puts a lot of pressure on the way Fiji play, although we are improving without the ball as our defence has been a lot better,” Mumm said to reporters after the match.

“The best attribute we have is running with the ball and putting some unpredictable pressure on the defensive systems of more senior teams that are used to defending a structured game.”

Fiji held on in the wake of a Welsh fightback to win 38-34, knocking Wales out of the tournament in the process.

After such an emotional victory, many expected Fiji to have a post-Wales hangover in the quarter-final against South Africa.

It appeared to be heading that way when the Springboks scored early in the second half to make it 20-3, but the Fijians responded with tries to Delasau and Sireli Bobo in the space of three minutes to make it 20-17.

The Springboks eventually wore down their spirited opponents with two tries in the final 10 to make it 37-20. But Fiji could hold their heads high, especially as South Africa went on to win the tournament.

Pool A teams England, Australia, Wales and Uruguay certainly won’t be underestimating Fiji in 2015.

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