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Fiji creates history as country bursts into celebrations

July 29, 2021 7:45 am
[Source: Fiji Rugby]

Fiji created history by winning back to back gold medals at the Olympic Games last night after after beating New Zealand 27-12 in the final.


[Source: Fiji Rugby]

Captain Jerry Tuwai also became the first player in World Rugby history to win successive Olympic gold medal.

Emotions were running high with players in tears while singing our national anthem before the start of the match.

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With limited resources, less preparation time, not seeing family for months and with COVID taken many lives in Fiji, our heroes made the country proud.


[Source: World Rugby Sevens]

Fiji struck first when Sireli Maqala stripped the ball off Joe Webber before passing to Iosefo Masi who took it into contact then gave it to big Meli Derenalagi who dived over in the corner.

Straight from the restart Fiji won the ball then Napolioni Bolaca kicked it through and Maqala followed it up before dotting it down.


[Source: World Rugby Sevens]

New Zealand replied with their first try to Scott Curry for a 12-5 lead to Fiji.


Sireli Maqala [Source: World Rugby Sevens]

However, less than a minute later, another Fijian youngster, Jiuta Wainiqolo raced away down the touch line for Fiji’s third try despite two defenders coming across push him out.

With Fiji leading 19-5, some thought it was going to be another high scoring game like in 2016, but the Kiwis showed they’re a quality side and form team of the tournament as they quickly put some phases after Fiji conceded successive penalties, in the end, Sione Molia brushed aside Jerry Tuwai and Maqala to score with Fiji leading 19-12 at halftime.


Waisea Nacuqu celebrates after winning the gold medal [Source: World Rugby Sevens]

Fiji had some possession early in the second half but just couldn’t quite get the break before ‘The Tank’ Asaeli Tuivuaka ran in for Fiji’s fourth try.


[Source: World Rugby Sevens]

The Kiwis showed they’re a quality side and form team of the tournament as they quickly put some phases after Fiji conceded successive penalties, in the end, Sione Molia brushed aside Jerry Tuwai and Maqala to score with Fiji leading 19-12 at halftime.

Fiji had some possession early in the second half but just couldn’t quite get the break before ‘The Tank’ Asaeli Tuivuaka ran in for Fiji’s fourth try.


Waisea Nacuqu celebrates with Kalione Nasoko after their gold medal win [Source: World Rugby Sevens]

A final penalty goal to Waisea Nacuqu was just the icing on the cake.

Argentina took out the bronze medal after beating Great Britain 19-14.


[Source: World Rugby Sevens]


[Source: World Rugby Sevens]

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