Rio 2016: Terrific Fijians claim Rugby Sevens gold after stunning 43-7 final victory over Team GB

Fiji claimed Rugby Sevens gold with an incredible 43-7 final victory over Team GB in Rio

Rio 2016: Terrific Fijians claim Rugby Sevens gold after stunning 43-7 final victory over Team GB
Terrific Fijians claim Rugby Sevens gold after stunning 43-7 final victory over Team GB (image via:

Fiji won gold in the Rio 2016 Olympic Rugby Sevens to become the first 13-men from their country to win an Olympic medal of any colour. 

The best Sevens team on the planet came good when it mattered most, beating Team GB 43-7 in the 20-minute final, putting in a mesmerising performance to cap a perfect season to add to their World Series title. 

Fijians score five-unanswered tries in opening half to stun Brits

Coming into the final, Fiji and Great Britain were the two teams to have all five of their fixtures throughout the tournament and looked to be peaking at just the right time.

Britain had come through two low-scoring affairs in the knockout stages to progress, beating Argentina 5-0 after extra-time in the quarters, followed by a memorable 7-5 victory over the much-fancied South Africans. 

Simon Amor's men could not live with the Fijians though, and found themselves in hole very quickly which they could not overcome at the Deodora Stadium

Osea Kolinisau claims the final's first try (image via:

First to score for Fiji was their influential captain and the country's flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony, Osea Kolinisau who had just enough power to score in the corner.

The man who set-up the first try, Jerry Tuwai was next to score, with World Series player of the Year, Jasa Veremalua crossing soon after as the Fijians built a 17-0 lead in the space of no time whatsoever. 

Great Britain's inability to build any kind of territorial and possessional dominance really hurt them as Fiji scored twice more before half-time through Leone Nakarawa and Vatemo Ravouvou to lead 29-0 at the break. 

Vatemo Ravouvou stretches over for a try in the final (image via:

Tuisova and Mata tries cap golden performance

To their credit, the British outfit never gave up, and after watching Josua Tuisova and Viliame Mata score second half tries, a Dan Norton five-pointer gave Team GB the points their excellent performances at this competition deserved. 

Under the coaching of Ben Ryan, Fiji have been the team to beat in Sevens for some time now, and are worthy Olympic champions at the first time of asking. 

With the pressure of a nation on their shoulders and carrying the favourites tag throughout the competition, Fiji never let up in their determination to claim gold and were in tears at the final whistle after realising what they had just achieved. 

Joining the try-scorers in the golden success was Apisai Domolailai, Kitione Taliga, Samisoni Viriviri, Savenaca Rawaca, Semi Kunatani and Masivesi Dakuwaqa, handing the Pacific Island nation of less than one million their most famous night on the world sporting stage. 

Third silver of the day for Team GB


Coming together as a squad just nine weeks ago, the Great Britain Sevens team should be extremely proud of their silver medal performance despite the one-sided final. 

GB celebrate the victory over South Africa (image via:

With nine Englishman, one Welshman and two Scots amongst their ranks, the win over South Africa in the semi-finals was nothing short of sensational defensively, conceding just five points againt the eventual bronze medalists following their 54-14 rout of Japan in the third/fourth playoff. 

James Davies and Dan Bibby both made the overall seven-man Dream Team for the tournament as a testament to their performances, but the entire squad can hold their head high and add to Team GB's ever-growing medal tally.

Rugby Sevens debut as an Olympic sport can be seen as nothing-less than a resounding success, with both the men's and women's competitions showing the sport to be an exciting event which is easy to follow. 

With it's place in Tokyo 2020 already confirmed, the next four years of Sevens rugby should see the shorter-form of the game reach new heights, with the world tasked with a way of finding a way to stop the mesmerising Flying Fijians