HIGH-FLYING Western Samoa, last week's Canberra champions, were brought crashing back to earth by provincial side Nadroga as the big teams stumbled at the inaugural Fiji International Sevens yesterday. Only hosts Fiji, who had a poor Canberra tournament, lived up to expectations, with New Zealand and Australia falling to strong provincial teams. Western Samoa emerged as a major sevens force with a blistering performance last week to win the Canberra tournament. But after beating Vanuatu 42-0 in their opening group match, they failed to turn on the power against Nadroga, losing 12-7. Western Samoa take on a Scotland side who have yet to show the form which won them last year's Dubai Sevens. Scotland were beaten 12-7 by Nadroga and must beat the Samoans in their final group match to enter the main Cup competition. Fiji, who were relegated to the Plate competition in Canberra, roared back to life with two impressive wins against the American Eagles and Solomon Islands, scoring 70 points and conceding just one. They play local side Tavua in their final group match today. Fiji included fly-half Waisale Serevi and winger Filimone Seru in a largely second-string outfit. The presence of Serevi and Seru, both members of Fiji's Hongkong Sevens side, made up for the inadequacies shown in Canberra. New Zealand, who are fielding a B team but include world-class sevens players Terry Wright and Paula Bale, struggled to beat Fijian side Rewa 14-12 before suffering a shock 12-7 defeat to Canada. But Canada, who were beaten finalists at Canberra, then suffered a setback when they lost 26-7 to Suva. Suva are favourites to win the group after beating Rewa 14-10. But New Zealand will not be too worried about the results in Fiji as their prime goals are the Hongkong Sevens and the World Cup Sevens from April 16-18. The All Blacks last week named nine players to take part in the Hongkong tournament. They will pick one more player from the Fiji tournament to complete their 10-man squad. New Zealand's determination to end three years of Fijian domination at the Hongkong Sevens is shown by the fact that they will be the first team to arrive in the territory today - one week before the tournament kicks off at the Hongkong Stadium. Former sevens kings Australia, however, have yet to find the right formula after suffering a 35-5 thrashing at the hands of Fijian side Nadi. Australia scored an unimpressive 19-5 victory over Cook Islands in their previous group match. Coach Bob Dwyer is using the Fiji tournament as a final trial before naming a side for the Hongkong tournament. Nadi beat Tonga 24-0 to head the group. The top two teams from each of the four groups enter the quarter-finals.