Carrying the legacy
11 April, 2018, 12:00 am
“The Hong Kong Sevens is like the World Cup in Fiji and four years in a row is like winning the World Cup.”
Remarkable words from our soft spoken captain as Fiji claimed a record fourth straight Cathay Pacific/HSBC HK 7s crown and an 18th overall with a punishing and lively 24-12 win over Kenya.
Famed for a party atmosphere almost unrivaled in the world of sport, the Flying Fijians enjoyed their annual trip to the most iconic event on the rugby calendar.
While our boys celebrated the epic win, their thoughts turned to the people home still suffering from the trail of destruction caused by Cyclone Josie.
With another huge storm looming, Fiji was focused on raising the spirits of their 7s-mad countrymen through a determined effort at So Kon Po, which had traditional ties with Fijians.
Gareth Baber said that they had talked about what they could do to lift the worries and stresses people were having in their lives and that it was fantastic to have done it for those affected by the floods.
The party atmosphere in the stands, array of outfits, festive spirit and entertainment on the pitch at So Kon Po was tremendous and never failed to disappoint.
While the last pool game and quarter-final was one way-traffic the semi-final was tough as the Blitzbokke came at us.
Lucky enough Fiji stuck to what the plan was and that was to make it four successive triumphs in a row. The Flying Fijians had emulated the success of their brothers who made it three in a row from 1990-92 and 1997-99.
After the win in HK Fiji is just 3 points behind the series leader — a big improvement from the second leg.
When the first leg concluded in Dubai and Cape Town, NZ led with 41 points, followed by South Africa with 39 and Fiji with 28 points.
However, South Africa clawed their way back to the top despite Australia and Fiji winning the Sydney and Hamilton 7s.
South Africa had 77 points, NZ had 69 and Fiji 62 points. Fiji trailed South Africa by 15 and NZ by 7 points.
It looked like a one way race to the title but more magic was coming from Fiji.
Following the trend of having a new winner per tournament, USA won the Las Vegas 7s and became the 5th team to win after Africa, NZ, Australia and Fiji.
Meanwhile, Fiji became the only team to win two tournaments on the trot after capturing the Canada 7s.
The points table changed and fans got that feeling that Baber could win his first WRSS title.
South Africa amassed 109 and Fiji 101 points and Fiji had overtaken NZ to second position cutting the lead by 8 points.
As we head to Singapore Fiji trails South Africa by 3 points.
The series has become tight.
We can win it no doubts!
Toso Viti toso!