Thursday, May 29, 2008
Weve featured a fair bit of Sevens action here on Rugbydump recently. The entertainment factor of that form of the game is huge and often produces classic matches, and classic moments alike.
One of those classic moments from the past would be from the inaugural Wellington tournament back in 2000. The Fijian Sevens team were up against it in the final, as they were facing a pumped up New Zealand side who were wanting to impress the strong home crowd contingent.
The New Zealand team were star studded with players like Jonah Lomu, Christian Cullen and Mils Muliaina, but they struggled to match the pace of the flying Fijians.
Tries were exchanged by Vunibaka and Muliaina, but it was at the 15 minute mark that we saw a one of the highlights of the match. Big Jonah Lomu was substituted after amazingly having very little impact on the game. On came local sensation Christian Cullen who was known to have the ability to turn a game in an instant.
Cullen lasted less than a minute though, after a big tackle on him from Vili Satala not only created the turnover, but had Cullen retreating to the bench just as quickly as he had arrived.
The turnover from the hit ended up in wizard Waisele Serevi getting the ball behind his try line, which didn't phase him as he dazzled one defender then tossed it out to Vilimoni Delasau on the right wing. Delasau then made the game look easy, running around a bunch of Kiwis, then stepping the cover who had little effect in stopping him on his way to scoring a classic and very memorable Fijian Sevens try.
We love finding older clips of Sevens, and classic tries in general, so if you come across something you think would be good to share with the rugby world, please don't hesitate to send it to us by posting a request in the forum.