Kings of Hong Kong 7s
10 April, 2018, 12:00 am
While kava flowed freely at home and fans were looking for their breath, fireworks lit the HK skies as the Kings of HK had done it again four years in the running.
The victory was superb and one filled with emotions and beautiful memories.
Fiji, on their way to lifting the Holy Grail, had put 50 past the All Blacks and had four wins on the bounce against NZ and the Blitzbokke.
The half time chant by ardent Fijian fans “we will, we will rock it” illuminated a frenzy atmosphere and motivated Fiji to cast the Kenyans ferociously and snap gold.
Perhaps the turning factor was the thrilling semi-final encounter against South Africa.
A new-look and inexperienced Blitzbokke made Fiji look amateurs as player of the tournament Selvyn Davids single-handedly destroyed Fiji with a hat-trick and South Africa took control.
Super sub Nasilasila came to rescue Fiji from defeat by scoring two quick tries that sent the Fijian crowd crazy and booked a fourth straight final at So Kon Po.
The Blitzbokke will be the team to beat as was shown by their development team.
While the NZ, England and Australian development teams faltered, the Blitzbokke won fame.
On the other hand, the Innocent Simiyu-coached Kenyan outfit led by Sikuta, Ouma, Ambaka, Odhiambo, Oliech, Injera, Owira, Minjire, Oluoch, Agero and Amonde found the going tough against an experienced Fijian brigade.
HK had become home to Fiji and our boys knew they had to bring back smiles to those who had been affected by the ravaging floodwaters.
Fiji was solid and put hard hits while the Kenyans who were so good at the breakdown but lost their momentum.
Sau, in particular, who was the second best tackler, hammered the Kenyans and I believe yellow cards to Injera (for tripping Jerry) and Ambaka (for tackling Nasoko without the ball) took the energy out of the red and green outfit.
Fans waved their flags in delight as the hooter sounded and Fiji led 24-5.
Kenya deserved the late consolation but Tuwai, Sau, Nasilasila, Temo, Mesu, Nasoko, Paula, Josua, Naduva, Sami, the smiling assassin ‘Eyes’ Katonibau and ‘The Beast’ had the last laugh as they danced to the podium.
Finally, I appreciate the words of our captain Tuwai after the epic final and I quote him “Hong Kong is special for us. We brought our number one team not like the others. We respect and honour the tradition and the history that Fiji has with the Hong Kong 7s.” Well said courageous Tuwai!
As I conclude, I salute our 7s team, Baber, Naca and Fuli for the history.
They say only Fiji is capable of creating its own piece of history in Hong Kong.
Three points behind South Africa and four players in the Hong Kongdream team made the 2018 tournament extra special.
Vinaka vakalevu na qito, timi ni Viti! O au sa marau! Toso Viti!