Weekend of upsets

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Wednesday, April 19, 2017
In a weekend of upsets, fans all over the world are coming to terms with Canada's victory in Singapore and Manchester United's victory over EPL leaders Chelsea.

After being thumped by the magical Fijians 35-7 it took a "lion of a heart" performance from the brave Canadians to reach their first WSS final and win the lucrative cup title. A little bit of soul searching and some words of encouragement by the former Samoan 7s mentor Damian McGrath inspired the Canadians to put up a brilliant effort in dismantling the All Blacks, England and running havoc against the US.

Canada went in as underdogs in the eliminations, but beat three of the world's best 7s components. Two of their stars Nathan Hirayama and Justin Douglas made the dream team. Since arriving in Canada, McGrath has changed the fortunes of the Canadians while his former Samoan team continues to struggle under the reigns of Sir Tietjens.

While I congratulate John Moonlight and his brigade for the victory in Singapore, I thank our 7s team for fighting until the final whistle. We could have won but this did not eventuate and now we are in a tough pool with Australia and Samoa heading to Paris.

In Europe Manchester United brought Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams, into glamour by beating Chelsea despite stars like Ibrahimovic, Carrick and Mkhitaryan on the bench. While Chelsea wilted, Manchester United thrived. This victory brought back the glorious days of the Red Devils under Sir Alex Ferguson. As I conclude, I congratulate the 'Men in Black' for winning the Sangam convention after a lapse of six years. They beat hosts Labasa in the semi-final. The ladies from Ba also walked away with the netball title while the hosts won the women's volleyball competition.

The Sangam convention lit up the North and definitely brought dozens of smiles to the northern business houses.

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