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Thursday, May 29, 2008

A classic try from Vilimoni Delasau at the Wellingtons Sevens 2000

A classic try from Vilimoni Delasau at the Wellingtons Sevens 2000

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.

Posted by Rugbydump at 1:44 pm | View Comments (10)

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nesianrugby May 29, 2008 4:13 pm

fijian pace!nesianrugby at its finest :D

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Chazza May 29, 2008 4:33 pm

I love Delasau, because i like all wingers, maybe thats just beacuse thats where i play. I think that him and Nalaga make a great pair and they will be almost unstopable in the 2011 world Cup.I like all Fijian rugby and i wonder why they can produce such a dominant sevens team, but a not so good 15s, excluding this year. They have power pace but i think that they are lacking tatic and money. same with some other island teams, samoa tonga

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Anonymous May 29, 2008 5:51 pm

...and a tight five.

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SANDI May 29, 2008 7:58 pm

fiji rugby rules - delasau is just one of the many great fijian players - i like the way they play - it is the lack of discipline why they keep loosing games and when they sort this out they will be unstopable - South Afrika s hardest match was against fiji and they were lucky to make it to the semis - go fiji

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Anonymous May 29, 2008 8:57 pm

Great play there lovely try!I think Chazza the reason why Fiji do not go so well is that in the past there font 5 have not been up top much against the bigger nations, where as in 7's Yes you have some big guys but you dont see many of the front 5 in sevens which is where fiji fail in 15's imo, But saying that things look like they are changing just look at the world cup poor wales hehehe :p

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cool dude May 29, 2008 9:50 pm

yea its definately front five, and the way those players are needed as a platform for the backs...if fiji had a good set of fatties and a touch mor disipline and mental toughness.....look out!

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G-unit May 29, 2008 11:42 pm

Well, you have to say that was awesome delasau is another fantastic fijian winger!!! If you guys remember the Pacific Islands team? they only lost by a few points to the SA, Aus and All Blacks! they had fijian wingers and backs...samoan and tongan forwards and were unstoppable! with a few more games together, all the top nations would of been trembling...maybe thats why they scraped it! But you can see at the world cup, how good fiji were, because they have sooo many players playing in professional leagues over there, same with Argentina, the competition is making those teams sooo much better.... I think like in soccer the players at world cups, will soon all come from european leagues! it might have to be a reality for the southern hemisphere, who can't compete with the amounts of money on offer.

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Cheyanqu May 30, 2008 1:33 pm

Sorry for posting here (the Forum is blocked by my office firewall)1990 HK Sevens Final (NZL v FIJ) few sick passes by Zinzan Brooke and Serevi.At 5:00, as pretty a Fijian 7s try as you'll ever see.Plus, "The Voice", Bill McLaren doing the play-by-play.And it's quite a funny thing to watch 7s kicks from a tee.

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2Luke July 09, 2008 6:45 pm

cullen never lasted 2 minutes on the field thanks to the blindside master viliame SATALA aka the Stretcher!

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Coconuty February 21, 2013 2:21 am

Never will their be a winger like the Dazzling Delasau, steps off both left and right and has tremendous pace to back him up. He tore apart Big Jonahs jersey in that game & that try, classic !

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