Hopes were high and our gladiators did not disappoint

Fiji 7s fans take a selfie with the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team players in Vancouver, Canada, yesterday.Picture: Jovesa Naisua

Fiji 7s fans take a selfie with the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team players in Vancouver, Canada, yesterday.Picture: Jovesa Naisua

When Fiji left for the third leg of the WRSS, hopes were high and our gladiators did not disappoint their loyal fans.

Placed third on the series points table, our warriors trailed the Blitzbokke by 15 points and the All Blacks by 7 points.

However, after the culmination of the sixth tournament, Fiji has moved to second place and now leads the All Blacks by 9 points, having narrowed the deficit against the series leader to 8 points.

The next four tournaments will have a huge bearing on the outcome of the 2017-18 WRSS and I have a huge feeling that we are capable of toppling the Blitzbokke, who have only won one tournament but managed to go beyond the quarters.

South Africa only won the Dubai 7s and since then has not sparked.

Meanwhile, the newcomers on the series- Josua, Sau, Paula, Sevu, Naduva and Mesu have shown their worth.

The tries that Josua and Mesu scored have drawn a lot of interest.

Mesu sprinted almost the length of the field to score a classic try against Argentina while Josua ran with a lot of determination and aggression.

His style reminds me of rugged Naitasiri flyer Jim Naikadawa. On the other hand, Sevu is confident with ball in hand and provides timely support when he is needed.

He did a fantastic job in winning the restarts.

Sau was tenacious with his defence and during the pool stages, he hammered Injera, got up and was on hand to receive the ball from Nacuqu and dive over for Fiji’s second try.

The timely substitution of Naduva and Nasilasila lifted the momentum as they contributed immensely to the three tries that were scored in the second half.

I must salute Jerry Tuwai for leading our troops despite the injury that he carried.

Jerry is a brilliant 7s player and a good sportsman. When he tackled Kenya’s Willie Ambaka, he made sure that he gave the burly forward a sportsman hug.

Scenes of joy when Kenya and Fiji came together to congratulate each other for a grand finale!

Four tournaments, the Commonwealth Games and then the RWC 7s!

Life after Vancouver for our heroes is tough and challenging, but exciting.

Our 7s team needs every inch of support from FRU, the Government, sponsors and fans.

In addition, Fiji can create history by becoming the first team to win four HK 7s tournaments in a row and then top it up with our first Commonwealth 7s gold medal.

Everything is possible!

My pick, delicious times ahead for Fiji 7s!