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ROAD TO GOLD: Our ‘Island Boys’ Can Do It In Vegas Despite The Winston Effect

With four rounds of the World Sevens Series completed, we’ve been served up with some exhilarating action and there’s been a lot of talk understandably on the Olympic Games in
28 Feb 2016 08:30
ROAD TO GOLD: Our ‘Island Boys’ Can Do It In Vegas Despite The Winston Effect

With four rounds of the World Sevens Series completed, we’ve been served up with some exhilarating action and there’s been a lot of talk understandably on the Olympic Games in Rio in August.

Despite the start of the 2016 Super Rugby season last Friday, the talk always has been definitely on rugby’s re-entry into the Olympics. More so on discussion and media interest surrounding the crossover of some of the stars of the 15s game into their respective sevens programmes aiming for a spot for Rio. Sonny Bill Williams, Juan de Jongh, Francois Hougaard,  Henry Speight, Liam Messam, Quade Cooper, Bryan Habana  are just a few.

As the halfway stage of the series approaches in Las Vegas this weekend, the passion, excitement, drama and tension in the first four rounds of the series have been captivating. The last two finals in Wellington and Sydney have often left fans lost for words. And this could be attributed to the input by 15s players.

In the four men’s tournaments so far, 1,087 tries have been scored – that’s an average of just over six tries per match.

Our ‘Island Boys’ continue to make their mark going in as joints leaders on 69 points with South Africa and New Zealand.

We should applaud the work put in by coach Ben Ryan and the players so far, and they will definitely continues to lift the status of the game on the global circuit.

The team played some of the best games on the series at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas in the semifinal and final last year.

The team needs to keep on improving on what they have been doing. The devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston should motivate the players to step up for their country and fans.

“We are looking forward to the tournament, especially since it’s been a tough few days for everybody in Fiji,” Ryan said.

“We’re hoping to do our little bit to raise some smiles across the nation over the next two weeks.”

Fans cannot ask for anything more.

 

Brumbies fans help

ACT Brumbies fans raised $20, 382 during the match against the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium last Friday.

This was in response to Henry Speight and  Tevita Kuridrani’s plea to help Fijians affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The Brumbies punished the Hurricanes in a well deserved 52 -10 win. Our ‘Island Boys’ can do the same in Vegas this weekend.

 Osea Bola

Feedback:  oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 

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