Editorial comment – Go Fiji Go

The winning Fiji mens 7s team and the bronze medals Fiji Women's team at Toulouse in France. Picture: TrySportsimages

With so much happening around us, it was good to get that win at the France leg of the World Rugby 7s Series in the bag early yesterday morning.

On the same weekend, while the men won gold, the Fijiana finished third to win the bronze medal, finishing third on the overall points table.

The reigning Olympic champions, Fiji and the Black Ferns, took top honours in Toulouse.

On the homefront, attention was on local rugby union with the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy challenge on Saturday, and for soccer fans, the big one was the start of the Fiji Football Association Cup Tournament (Fiji FACT).

On the political front, the hype is building up, and the parties are focused on slowly getting their messages to the masses.

Voter registration continues overseas and we are told attention is on Australia and New Zealand.

You couldn’t get past the win over Ireland though in Toulouse.

Fiji came from behind to anchor a strong foray at the event.

As we reported in the sports pages, the Ben Gollings-coached side defeated first time finalists Ireland with a “come-from-behind” 29-17 win to claim the men’s title.

Victorious captain of the Fiji 7s team Tevita Daugunu was happy with the effort, pointing out teamwork laid the foundation to registering a positive result.

“We were told to work as a team in defence and also on attack,” Daugunu said.

“During the halftime break, our coach Ben Gollings reminded us of sticking to the game plan. Ben told us to kick the ball in the opposition’s 22-metre and have them pinned inside their own half. We worked for each other and did the right things on the field of play against a quality opponent.”

The five tries to three win by the Fiji 7s team puts them in good stead for the eighth round in London at the weekend before the grand finale in Los Angeles on August 27-28.

The Fiji 7s team is on fifth spot with 87 points despite missing out on rounds three and four in Spain while Argentina, which finished fifth in Toulouse lead the points standing with 118 points and long time table leaders South Africa are second on 116 points with Australia third on 110.

It was good to see the likes of Semi Kunatani and Sevuloni Mocenacagi back in business.

It was also encouraging to note how the hype on the 7s series is slowly creeping back in.

So as we gear up again for the weekend, we are encouraged by the many opportunities available for Fijian players to test their skills, and live their dreams, playing the sport they love.

Things can only get better.

We say go Fiji, go!

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