THE national sevens team settled for silver after going down to Samoa 12-31 in the final of the Pacific Mini Games yesterday.
This was Fiji's worst performance in the tournament held at the Kafika Stadium in Wallis and Futuna as they had no answer to the Samoan offence.
Straight from kick-off, the Samoan made the tackles count and they kept possession of the ball.
They got off on the right foot by scoring two converted and two unconverted tries in the first half while the Fijians were left scrambling in defence.
The 24-0 lead was cut short in the second half as Donasio Ratubuli and captain Benito Masilevu raced in for tries.
But it was a little too late for the men in white as Samoans had the last laugh with a late try to put the result beyond doubt and clinch the gold medal.
What was even ironic was the fact that the Samoan coach Viliamu Punivalu said his side was unfit.
"We did not train too much together as a team and we did not expect to win but the only message was for the boys to stick to the game-plan and we won," he said.
Fiji coach Alivereti Dere said he was happy to have started and ended the tournament with nine players.
He also said the games organisation and the heat and humidity took a heavy toll on his players.
"The games were around 30 minutes apart and the boys were tired with this heat here," the former national rep said.
"But our players did well. They played games against three tough opponents, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Samoa and I am happy with what they did."