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Gollings Gives Credit To His Players

“It’s bitterly disappointing that we lost. Ultimately 30 seconds of rugby was the difference in the end but credit to the boys as it was a tough year and they stuck at it and like I said the consistency and being in another final is fantastic.”
08 Nov 2022 12:03
Gollings Gives Credit To His Players
The Fiji Airways Fijian men’s sevens team were the silver medal winner at the Cathay Pacific/ HSBC Hong Kong Sevens at Hong Kong Stadium on 6November 6, 2022. Front from left:Iowane Teba, Jeremaia Matana, Filipe Sauturaga, Pilipo Bukayaro, Waisea Nacuqu (captain), Josevani Soro and Paula Nayacakalou. Back (from left) Josua Vakurinabili, Tira Welagi, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Manueli maisamoa and Josevata Talacolo. Photo: Mike Lee – KLC fotos for World Rugby

Fiji coach Ben Gollings said: “At the end of the day, we made a final and we’ve been consistent.”

“It’s bitterly disappointing that we lost. Ultimately 30 seconds of rugby was the difference in the end but credit to the boys as it was a tough year and they stuck at it and like I said the consistency and being in another final is fantastic.”

Gollings made the comment after Fiji lost to Australia on Sunday night (Fiji time).

Australia clinched a thrilling final 20-17 to claim the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens crown and bring to an end Fiji’s dominance that had seen them take the last five titles in Hong Kong.

 

A pulsating end-to-end final played in an electrifying atmosphere was settled in the final minute when Nathan Lawson scored in the corner to cue wild celebrations from the Australia contingent.

It had been 1308 days since the last final was played in Hong Kong back in 2019, and the highly anticipated comeback edition certainly made up for lost time with a classic encounter between Fiji and Australia.

Double Olympic champions Fiji led through tries from Josua Vakurinabili and a pair from Waisea Nacuqu, but Australia hit back through Henry Hutchison, twice, and Tim Clements before Lawson sealed the comeback victory to continue the fantastic form which saw them clinch the 2022 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title

The Fijians were aiming to continue their love affair with Hong Kong with a record breaking sixth straight title but it was not to be for the Pacific Islanders.

confident ahead of the Commonwealth Games - the boys will put in a great effort for gold this year.” Gollings added: “Some locals came by to join in and the guys loved it. I don’t think people realised they were running around with quite so many Olympic gold medallists.” Rugby union is the main sport in Fiji and it is believed almost 10% of the population is registered to play the game. “Our assistant coach, who used to play for Fiji, was telling me when the team play people living in the interior of the country will put a television in the back of their car, drive up a hill, get the antenna out and hook-up the TV to the car battery to watch the rugby,” Gollings added. “That shows how passionate they are about the team - the nation’s spirits are lifted when the Fiji team play.” –BBC Sport Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj Don’t Count Out Our Boxers in Birmingham

confident ahead of the Commonwealth Games – the boys will put in a great effort for gold this year.”
Gollings added: “Some locals came by to join in and the guys loved it. I don’t think people realised they were running around with quite so many Olympic gold medallists.”
Rugby union is the main sport in Fiji and it is believed almost 10% of the population is registered to play the game.
“Our assistant coach, who used to play for Fiji, was telling me when the team play people living in the interior of the country will put a television in the back of their car, drive up a hill, get the antenna out and hook-up the TV to the car battery to watch the rugby,” Gollings added.
“That shows how passionate they are about the team – the nation’s spirits are lifted when the Fiji team play.” –BBC Sport
Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj
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Australia captain Nick Malouf said : “After having done so well last year, to come out here and back it up straightaway and win Hong Kong for the first time since 1988, incredible.”

“I think we’re cutting a few years off our coach’s life leaving it so late!

“We knew coming into this weekend that we’ve just got to keep grinding and doing what we’ve been doing really well, working hard for each other and we know they’re going to come for us now so we have got to keep getting better.”

“There’s not much between the teams.”

“This is the Olympic qualifying year, so everyone’s going to be coming in red hot and it’s going to make for great viewing and tough games on the pitch.”

 

Source- World Rugby

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