Tuesday 24 April 2018

Watch: The emotional scenes after Fiji won the rugby sevens is what the Olympic Games are all about

Fiji's players pray after winning the mens rugby sevens gold medal
Fiji's players pray after winning the mens rugby sevens gold medal

Harry Clarke

There were emotional scenes as Fiji won their first-ever Olympic medal when they beat Britain in the rugby sevens last night. Fiji were in rampant form as they coasted home 43-7 to be crowned inaugural Olympic men's champions.

Britain barely got a look-in, such was seven-try Fiji's dominance, but they will return home as runners-up after a competition that also included sevens powerhouses such as New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

Britain skipper Tom Mitchell kicked off the first rugby sevens final in Olympic history, but it was Fiji who were rapidly into their stride as their captain Osea Kolinisau pounced for an opening try after appearing on an unmarked overlap.

And there was no immediate prospect of things improving for Britain. Unable to get their hands on possession, a second try soon followed for the South Sea Islanders as Jerry Tuwai crossed.

Britain's normally watertight defence leaked holes everywhere, and Fiji almost added a third try in five minutes, but Leone Nakarawa was hauled down just short of the line.

Britain badly needed a score before the break, yet they were pinned inside their own half and Fiji picked them off with another try, this time from Jesa Veremalua.

All the Fiji players wanted a part to play, and it was pretty much game over when Nakarawa pounced for try number four a minute before half-time.

It was very much damage-limitation for Britain, yet they were breached once more as Valerno Ravouvou sprinted clear, and with two conversions also being kicked, Fiji changed ends 29 points ahead.

Josua Tuisova added another try shortly after half-time, and although Dan Norton claimed a consolation score for Britain, Fiji inevitably had the final word when Viliame Mata crossed the whitewash.

The bronze medal match, meanwhile, was won by South Africa, who demolished Japan - shock opening day conquerors of New Zealand - 54-14.

Additional reporting by PA

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