Paula stands firm

PAULA Dranisinukula, who is a solider by profession, fought hard to defend the country’s pride in the 7s rugby against South Africa in the semi-final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Robina Stadium in Brisbane, Australia yesterday.

Fiji pulled a late 24-19 win in extra time against South Africa as the whole of Fiji came to a standstill to watch their gladiators in action.

The 28-year-old who is from Ra said he was blessed to be with the team in the Commonwealth Games.

“It was a very nervous moment for the Fijian players as we were playing for our nation and the people who had faith and trust in us to do the work for them,” he said.

“We asked each other to give everything we have in the match to get a win and put us in the final against New Zealand.

“South Africans were very strong team and they were also playing for their country, but we came out on top and made sure that we did not let the match get out of our hand.”

Dranisinukula, said the competition meant a lot to the team.

“Commonwealth Games are always a special competition for me and the boys and we want to create history to win the first Commonwealth Games gold medal for the country.”

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