12 February, 2018, 12:00 am
Maikeli Seru’s article titled “Hamilton delight” was a delight to read just as the victory at the FMG Stadium in Waikato.
While he was apt in saying that the Fijian courage and determination conquered NZ, I was full of praise for the wonderful and patriotic Fijian fans, who in their splendid costumes, made sure that our boys did not lack support.
An ardent fan and regular correspondent to The Fiji Times letter to the editor from Dilkusha, Nausori, Arun Prasad was also part of the frantic event.
I had asked Arun to pen a letter as he was part of the epic victory and I’m glad that he put his feelings and experiences on paper.
I told the gentleman that he’s lucky because in 2016 he was part of Fiji’s victory in Las Vegas and in the final Fiji came from 15-0 down to beat Australia with delightful tries from Rawaca and Taliga.
Back to Maikeli’s article and yes, our boys deserve accolades for returning with the spoils from the “Land of the Long White Cloud”.
Seru also reflected on the 2000 victory in Wellington and how Satala’s hit ended Cullen’s night.
What more was special in that victory was the late Jonah’s jersey was ripped apart by Delasau.
In Hamilton our boys beat the three tournament winners in the WRSS- Africa (Dubai and current series leaders), NZ (Cape Town) and Australia (Sydney).
Our brothers and sisters set up a Fiji village at the Heaphy Terrace Hall.
The pictures from the hall added flavour to Seru’s article.
Vinaka vakalevu Mike for all the hard work from Hamilton! You have set a standard for journalists to emulate.
I got all the articles, mate and like this victory have gone into the special corner in my heart reserved for rugby 7s.
As I conclude, I acknowledge local ref Josaia Caucau, who hails from Nakobo Village in Cakaudrove.
The soft spoken whistle man attended Navonu Primary and Savusavu Secondary schools and currently teaches at Shri AD Patel.
Josaia started refereeing since 2011 and started his career at the Milo Kaji competition.
The Cakaudrove lad has officiated matches in the Skipper Cup, Farebrother challenge and a host of local 7s tournaments.
He was part of the referees’ panel at the Oceania 7s, Mini Games in Vanuatu and the Fiji versus Italy Test match.
Josaia made it on the international stage when he received a letter to officiate at the Sydney and Hamilton 7s and what a delight for Josh.
It has not been easy for the primary schoolteacher but his humility and dedication have taken him to greater heights.
His late mum and relatives from the “Friendly North” must be proud of his achievement.
Vinaka Josh and all the best kai!