Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Occasionally we get contributions and links sent in of rare archive footage that's been converted to digital and uploaded to be shared with the rugby world. This is the case with this great clip from the 1991 Hong Kong Sevens.
The superstar Fijians came up against a talented Barbarians in the Semi Final of the 1991 Hong Kong Sevens tournament. The BaaBaa's last won the tournament in 1981, so all was to play for.
They had a mix of players, mainly English, that included the likes of Jeremy Guscott, Will Carling, Rupert Moon, Mick Skinner, and Andrew Harriman.
The flying Harriman, who we saw burn David Campese in the 1993 tournament , scored a classic try as he rounded the Fijians with his blistering pace.
It was mainly about the men in white though, as they possessed fire power in the form of Tomasi Cama, Noa Nadruku, and a young Waisale Serevi, who himself went on to once again pick up player of the tournament.
Naduku's try, which featured many passes changing hand from the kickoff, must surely be one of the best tries ever seen on the Sevens stage.
Fiji were too good on the day, with this classic match ending 22-14. They went on to beat New Zealand 18-14 in the final, picking up yet another Hong Kong Sevens title.
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