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Seeking A Legacy

The Fijian 7s team won gold in the 2015 Pacific Games after thrashing Samoa 33-7 in the main final. The Fijians defeated hosts PNG 24-5 in the first semifinal while
12 Jul 2015 15:09
Seeking A Legacy
Gold medal winners the Fijiana side and the Fiji Rugby 7s team in Port Moresby. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

The Fijian 7s team won gold in the 2015 Pacific Games after thrashing Samoa 33-7 in the main final.

The Fijians defeated hosts PNG 24-5 in the first semifinal while while Samoa hammered Tonga 35-5 in the second semifinal to book a spot in the main final.

Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan was impressed with youngster Kitione Taliga who played brilliantly in the final last Friday night.

“This a good experience for us especially the young players like Kaponi Paul and Kitione Taliga,” he said.

“Taliga did remarkably well.”

Taliga contributed 10 points on team’s score sheet after scoring two tries in the first-half.

The win last Friday night was special to the boys as they intend to set a new legacy.

“There is a lot of positives we can take and it’s really great experience for us,” Ryan said.

“We want to build a legacy it was a good performance the boys showed on the field. They played really well and I’m very happy.”

The Fijians had a bullet start in the opening whistle as Taliga broke through Samoa’s defence line twice to score two tries. Fiji continued to enjoy possessions throughout the game which saw Jasa Veremalua ran straight to the corner to score their third try.

Despite the rain the Fijians continued to enjoy possession which saw Bua man Savenaca Rawaca fiercely breaking through the men in blues defence line and scored Fiji’s fourth try just before half-time. Fiji led Samoa 26-0 at the breather.

Samoa regrouped well in the opening minutes of the second-half scoring a try and was successfully converted. The Fijian fans erupted as Taliga made another wonderful break midway second-half to set up their fifth try of the match and gave it to Kadavu man Emosi Mulevoro who scored the final try.

Team captain Isake Katonibau acknowledged fans for the support.

“All credits goes to coach Ben, manager Paula Biu and medical staff and not forgetting those who have turned up in numbers to support us and those back home,

“It feels great to win a gold medal,” Katonibau said.

The team returns home on Tuesday.

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