Rio Olympic Games

Fiji wins Gold after defeating Great Britain 43-7

The Fiji men’s 7s team have created history in winning our first ever Gold Olympic medal after thrashing Great Britain 43-7 in the Rio Olympics Rugby 7s competition at the Deodoro Stadium this morning. Congratulations #FIJ ! 💪👏👏👏🏉 First medal ever and it's #GOLD ! #RugbySevens #Rio2016 @WorldRugbyhttps://t.co/xFOHXlEHWW — Olympics (@Olympics) August 11, 2016 HISTORY! […]

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August 12, 2016 10:34 am

The Fiji men’s 7s team have created history in winning our first ever Gold Olympic medal after thrashing Great Britain 43-7 in the Rio Olympics Rugby 7s competition at the Deodoro Stadium this morning.

Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau scores the opening try during the final Gold match against Great Britain. (World Rugby)
Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau scores the opening try during the final Gold match against Great Britain. (World Rugby)

Fiji led 29-0 at halftime.

Fiji scored a total of seven tries, while Great Britain scored once.

Fiji’s tries came from Osea Kolinisau, Jerry Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Leone Nakarawa, Vatemo Ravouvou, Josua Tuisova and Viliame Mata.

Meanwhile, Great Britain won the Silver medal while South Africa settled for a Bronze medal.

The Fiji men’s 7s team will take on Great Britain in the medal final of the Rio Olympics at 10am this morning.

Josua Tuisova scores Fiji's second try in the match against Japan this morning. (World Rugby)
Josua Tuisova scores Fiji’s second try in the match against Japan this morning. (World Rugby)

Fiji beat Japan 20-5 in the first semifinal while Great Britain won against South Africa 7-5.

Fiji led 10-5 at half time.

The tries were scored by Vatemo Ravouvou, Josua Tuisova, Semi Kunatani and Jerry Tuwai.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Sports Council wishes to invite anyone and everyone to the ANZ Stadium in Suva to cheer on our boys in the final outset of Fiji’s First Olympic Medal.

Road to Gold committee member Liga Gukisuva said the entry is free of charge.

GUKISUVA: “Celebrate Fiji’s first Olympics Games medal today at the ANZ Stadium by coming down in numbers to watch the final in big screen in true stadia atmosphere.”

The Fiji Men’s 7s team remained cool and composed to register a 12-7 win over New Zealand in the first medal quarter-final at the Rio Olympics this morning.

Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau scores during the Rio Olympics Rugby 7s competition. (World Rugby)
Fiji 7s Captain Osea Kolinisau scores during the Rio Olympics Rugby 7s competition. (World Rugby)

Fiji took the lead in the second minute with an unconverted try to Osea Kolinisau, but New Zealand responded shortly after to lead 7-5 into half-time.

A long series of passes in second-half resulted in a try to Jerry Tuwai, putting Fiji in the lead 12-7.

The Men’s semi-finals begin at 5.30 AM tomorrow morning. Earlier, Fiji defeated the USA 24-19 in their final pool match.

The Fiji Men’s 7s team remained on track at the Rio Olympics with a 21-14 win over Argentina this morning.

Josua Tuisova during the Rio Olympics Rugby 7s competition. (World Rugby)
Josua Tuisova during the Rio Olympics Rugby 7s competition. (World Rugby)

Josua Tuisova opened the score for Fiji in the third minute but Argentina struck back in the fifth minute to head into half-time with the scores tied 7-7.  Samisoni Viriviri was replaced with a suspected injury to his ankle.

Argentina scored early in the second half before Kitione Taliga scored in the corner to level the score at 14-14.  Taliga scored again a minute later to put Fiji in the lead by 21-14.

Fiji plays  the USA tomorrow morning at 4.30 AM.  The Men’s quarter-finals begin at 8.00 AM.

In other results, Australia beat Spain 26-12 while South Africa demolished France 26-0.  Great Britain edged past Japan 21-19 and New Zealand registered their first win beating Kenya 28-5.

The Fiji Men’s 7s team kicked off their campaign at the Rio Olympics with a 40-12 victory over Brazil.

Fijian fans at the Rio Olympics Rugby 7s competition. (World Rugby)
Fijian fans at the Rio Olympics Rugby 7s competition. (World Rugby)

Brazil shot off to a strong start, leading 5-0 after two minutes but Jasa Veremalua put Fiji in front with a try in the 4th minute.  Fiji led 7-5 at half-time.

Fiji found their rhythm in the second half, piling on five tries to Brazil’s one to comfortably finish the match 40-12.

Fiji will now play Argentina at 9.30am.

In other matches, Australia was beaten 14-31 by France while New Zealand were upset 12-14 by Japan.  South Africa hammered Spain 24-0.  Argentina overcame a determined USA side 17-14.  Great Britain beat Kenya 31-7.

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