VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan hailed his gladiators for giving their best in the Hong Kong 7s tournament.
The national side bombed out of the Cup competition in the semi-final against England (7-17) but Ryan was satisfied with the performance of the players.
The Englishman was aiming for his first Hong Kong 7s and back-to-back title wins with Fiji after guiding the side to its first-ever Dubai and Japan 7 wins earlier in the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.
Ryan said players stepped up and did well to compliment each other on the field.
In the final pool matches, Ryan rested some of his key players in preparation for the final day and was impressed with the reserves.
He was particularly pleased with veterans Setefano Cakau and Pio Tuwai's performance adding the duo justified their selection with impressive performance in the Tokyo and Hong Kong 7s tournaments.
"I tell you Sete and Pio are certainly below their age at the moment.
"As a coach you have to select on what you see and not what is written down on the date of birth," Ryan said.
Ryan also reiterated that they have no shortage of genuine playmakers in the making and "they needed time to jel and get some game time".
He said with players stepping up, he would go through a tough time selecting the team for the last leg of the series in Scotland and England in May. Fiji defeated Australia 21-12 in the 3rd/4th play-off last night.