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Maciu Malo
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

GRACIOUS in defeat, captain Jerry Tuwai apologised to the people of Fiji and to all the Fijian rugby 7s fans the world over for his team's failure to win the USA 7s in Las Vegas yesterday.

The soft-spoken playmaker said the boys gave their best to win the top award but was not enough to win them the game.

He asked for forgiveness and urged the fans not to lose hope but to continue supporting the boys through their prayers.

Tuwai said the boys were aware of the huge expectation back home.

"First I thank the Almighty God for giving us the power to represent the country," he said.

"I humbly seek forgiveness from all the people back home and our fans worldwide for failing to win the top award.

"We wanted to win and we gave our best, unfortunately it was not our day."

Tuwai said the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s players would regroup and rectify the mistakes they committed that led to their downfall against USA,

He further stated that the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has moved up another notch as evident in Las Vegas —— where all the top guns failed to reach the final.

"The 7s series is getting tougher and the chance for the upcoming tournament winner is open to any team.

"We have seen Argentina and USA feature in the final and this shows the standard displayed at the 7s series.

"There are few areas that we need to rectify and the boys are ready to work together and proudly represent our beloved country."

He said the boys showed their true fighting spirit in the bronze medal game where they defeated South Africa 26-22.

"We will continue to work hard and we will give our best for our fans as we want to make amends next weekend."

Tuwai thanked the fans for turning out in numbers at Las Vegas and also those who have been supporting the team back home and around the world.

Meanwhile, Fiji's bronze medal win in Las Vegas bridged the gap on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series overall standing with only three points separating the side from first runner-up New Zealand and 13 points behind top of the table leader South Africa

Overall points table standing after five tournaments: South Africa 92, New Zealand 82, Fiji 79, Australia 72

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