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Fiji captured Olympic gold in rugby sevens to the world's delight and acclaim. They beat Great Britain handily 43-7, in a terrific display of speed and power. Great Britain won the silver medal.
Seven players scored tries: Captain Osea Kolinisau, Jerry Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Leone Nakarawa, Vatemo Ravouvou, Josua Tuisova and Viliame Mata. The multiple players scoring was indicative of the team play, ball handling, and last minute offloading that has characterized the unrelenting attack from these sevens magicians.
With 10,000 in the stands, including Frank Bainimarama the Fijian Prime Minister, the winners of this year's World Rugby Men's circuit demolished any hopes of a Great Britain upset, by marching out to a 29-0 halftime lead.
Symbolically, this was the island nation's first Olympic medal. And it came in rugby sevens, historically, the country's most important sport.
In Suva, they danced in the streets.
Congratulations to Fiji for their splendid championship play.
South Africa romp against Japan
South Africa secured a bronze medal by routing Japan 54-14. The Springboks, ahead 21-7 at the half, unleashed a scoring blitzkrieg in the second half 33-7.
Roscoe Speckman had a hat trick and Cecil Africa scored two tries plus six conversions.
With time run out, South Africa could have kicked into touch to end the match but, instead, perhaps with bitter memories of the Brave Blossoms' major upset in the past Rugby World Cup, South Africa scored a superfluous try to go over the 50-point mark.
Congratulations also to the Springboks on their medal.