The Fijians won the Olympic title in rugby sevens by dominating New Zealand in the final (27-12) this Wednesday in Tokyo. Five years after their first coronation in Rio in 2016, the players of the Pacific have maintained their rank and assumed their status as favorites to make the flagship team from Fiji even more legendary.
From the outset, the Fijians put their hand in the game, snatching a ball from the New Zealanders in their own 22 yards and scoring the first try of the game in the corner through powerful Meli Derenalagi. Then an Andrew Knewstubb ball in his in-goal gave the reigning Olympic champions another try, scribbled by Sireli Maqala.
The New Zealanders have tried to react, with this long raid concluded alone by Scott Curry or the furious impetus of Sione Molia. But the Fijians, like Jiuta Wainiqolo’s incredible race, were too strong.
After a balanced second period, Asaeli Tuivuaka concluded a Fijian counter which ended New Zealand’s last hopes. A last penalty from Waisea Nacuqu on the siren definitively sealed the score (27-12) of a controlled and dominated meeting.
After their fifth place in Rio, the Blacks will console themselves with a silver medal well deserved given their career (five wins in five matches before the final).