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7s thriller

By EMONI NARAWA in Hong Kong
Monday, March 25, 2013

OSEA Kolinisau turned villain to hero when he anchored a dramatic Fiji comeback against Wales in the final of the IRB HSBC Sevens World Series in Hong Kong last night.

The Digicel Fiji 7s side was down 0-19 at the break before Kolinisau, who is making his return after a short lay off, inspired Fiji to bounce back in the second spell.

The 27-year-old started the tournament with two successive yellow cards in the first two pool matches but made up for his indiscipline by scoring three tries in Fiji's emphatic win in the showpiece.

Impressive Samisoni Viriviri also crossed the whitewash to stamp his mark as the tournament's top try scorer.

Kolinisau dedicated the victory to the children of Fiji who celebrated Palm Sunday yesterday.

"This win is for the children back home.

"We also thank God because without Him we wouldn't have achieved this win," he said.

Emotional coach Alifereti Dere thanked his gladiators for putting their bodies on the line and defending the Hong Kong 7s title which many rugby pundits thought was not possible with a host of new players in the team.

He also dedicated the win to 7s great Waisale Serevi who became the first Fijian to be inducted in the International Rugby Board Hall of Fame at the weekend.

Serevi has been helping the side in Hong Kong along with former Fiji 7s REP and coach Tomasi Cama.

Serevi said he "couldn't have asked for anything more", and thanked the players for the brilliant performance throughout the tournament at the Hong Kong Stadium.

Fiji moves up to second spot in the IRB 7s series table with 88 points while New Zealand leads with 113. Samoa is on third with 84 points.





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