"FEELING the heat of warming the bench just made me want to get onto the field and prove my worth."
That was the feeling Fiji's Hong Kong hero Osea Kolinisau felt after his relegation to the bench to discipline him following two yellow cards he copped in Fiji's opening two pool games at the Hong Kong 7s tournament.
Kolinisau scored a hat-trick and was the super-sub in Fiji's 26-19 win.
"I was benched by the management because I got two yellow cards from our opening two games. It was not easy to be sitting on the bench and watch your players play especially when you're the vice-captain of the team," he said.
"Every time I went onto the field from the bench, I always told my self that I need to give my best and try to win my spot back in the starting line-up.
"I was happy to be given a chance in the final and help the team win. It was a team effort and I thank the boys for giving their best," the Lau native said.
"It was a tough game, Wales gave us a good fight though and I thank them for a great performance."
He last tasted victory for Fiji in 2009 under the guidance of then coach Iliesa Tanivula. Kolinisau's rover position was snapped up by new kid Donasio Ratubuli who excelled in the position until he sustained minor injury from the semi-final.
He carried his injury into the final but gave his best to test the tension of playing in front of the more than 40,000 spectators at the Hong Kong stadium.
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