Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Friday Aug 12, 2016

Fiji brush aside Great Britain to take Gold in first ever Olympic Rugby Sevens

Fiji brush aside Great Britain to take Gold in first ever Olympic Rugby Sevens

Fiji made history as they won their nation’s first ever Olympic medal, with Gold in the Men’s Rugby Sevens after thrashing Great Britain 43-7 in the Rio final. The Silver medalists were no match for a thrill-a-minute Fiji side, who were full deserverving of the overall win.

Match their Rugby World Cup 2015 position, South Africa won their third place playoff to take Bronze, also proving too strong for Japan with a punishing 54-14 victory after slipping up 7-5 against Great Britain earlier in the semi finals.

Japan finished fourth overall after doing wonderful things for the sport in their country, ahead of hosting the World Cup in 2019 and the Olympics in 2020.

Fiji’s win sees them becoming the first men’s rugby Olympic gold medalists in 92 years, and the first ever men’s rugby sevens gold medal winners, a title they so richly deserve.

Showcased on sport’s biggest broadcast stage, rugby sevens at Rio 2016 has been a hit. With its fast, dynamic and entertaining format, sevens has reached and inspired new audiences around the world as social media buzzed with excitement.

The opening half of the final was a masterclass in sevens. Tries by inspirational captain Osea Kolinisau, Jerry Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Leone Nakarawa and Vatemo Ravouvou gave the Fijians a seemingly unassailable 29-0 lead at half-time.

After the interval, Fiji extended their lead through Josua Tuisova before Dan Norton got Great Britain off the mark. However, Viliame Mata rounded-off a polished performance by the Fijians, who ensured their place in sporting history on an emotional day for their nation.

“I never dreamed of being an Olympian, let alone being a medalist, let alone being a gold medalist. So I was just thankful to up above for the journey God has brought me on,” said captain Osea Kolinisau.

South Africa defeat Japan 54-14 to win bronze
South Africa bounced back from their semi-final heartache in fantastic style, defeating a spirited Japan 54-14. Japan, one of the stories of this dramatic sevens competition, could not find an answer to the sheer pace of the South Africans, but can take great pride from their stellar performances in Rio ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
 
Semi-final: Fiji 20-5 Japan
Series champions Fiji ended Japan’s gold medal dreams with a 20-5 victory. Leading 10-5 at the break thanks to tries from Vatemo Ravouvou and Josua Tuisova, Fiji showed their series-winning class and composure in the second half, adding tries through Semi Kunatani, Jerry Tuwai to guarantee the nation’s first-ever Olympic medal.
 
Semi-final: Great Britain 7-5 South Africa

Great Britain had to withstand late pressure to book a place in the final. Trailing 5-0 at half-timel after Kyle Brown’s superb try, Great Britain rallied, combining punishing defence with superb attacking enterprise to snatch the lead through the pace of Dan Norton. With time running out, South Africa pressed for the win, but Team GB’s defence held firm to guarantee a medal.
 
Positional play-offs
In the other matches, world champions New Zealand ended on a high to be ranked fifth after defeating Argentina 17-14, while France claimed seventh with a 12-10 win over Australia. The USA bounced back from disappointment on the opening days to record a 24-12 win over Spain to finish ninth, while Kenya defeated hosts Brazil 24-0 to claim 11th place.
 
By all accounts rugby in the Olympics has been a huge success. Rugby fans certainly got behind it, and the crowds for both the women’s and men’s were impressive.

It’s a true showcase of Olympic values and there is no doubt that some of the skills, physicality and sportsmanship on show makes it worthy of staying in the games for a long time to come.

Congratulations once again to Fiji, and to all those players – after a highly documented process of finding the 12 best for each squad – that made it to the Games, and can now rightfully call themselves Olympians.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 46 WEEKS AGO

    Part three of the award winning USA 7s documentary...

  • 86 WEEKS AGO

    Table topping Fiji fly past Australia to...

  • 94 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Touching jersey ceremony for young...

ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 DAY AGO

    It's 30 years since France scored that epic 'Try of the Century' from beneath their posts

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Amazing acrobatic skills set up early try in Pro D2 Friday night clash

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Arguably the most insane three minutes of Fijian rugby history

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Jonny Wilkinson's iconic performance that ripped Ireland apart in 2002

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Jamie Roberts turns back the clock with trademark midfield power for well taken try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Springbok fans celebrate Liam Williams' game-losing error in 2014

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Huge brawl blows up in dugouts during 1999 Wales Test in Buenos Aires

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Liam Williams suspended despite on field protestations

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Kyle Sinkler banned for going full John McEnroe at referee

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Vakatawa blows crucial try in terrible blooper, similar to Kunitani in 2014

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Old school highlights show just how brutal rugby really was in the 80s

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Highlights and reaction to Saracens shock defeat to Championship regulars Ealing

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Zebo slams Folau over potential return to rugby union

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Steve Thompson's heartbreaking interview which shocked World Rugby in December

View All

Funnies

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Fijian wing who lifted a referee like Lion King now faces a disciplinary hearing

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Referee JP Doyle reacts to hilarious moment red card was dished out after bizarre celebration

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Without doubt one of the funniest red cards in the history of rugby

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Nigel Owens produces comedy gold by forgetting crucial piece of kit during Pro14 clash

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    The VERY BEST examples of when rugby players celebrate too early

View All

Amateur

  • 11 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 48 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 49 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    The highs and lows of Yoann Huget after he announced his retirement

View All
Fiji brush aside Great Britain to take Gold in first ever Olympic Rugby Sevens | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos