Ryan's final shot

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu | Sunday, May 21, 2017

Under the guidance of Englishman Ben Ryan Fiji had never won in London but he guided our 7s team to a back-to-back World Rugby Sevens Series titles.

The celebration that flowed on that Monday morning is history but it will always remind Fijians of the success the "Lion Man" achieved during his short stint in our national colours.

That morning no doubt belonged to Scotland, who won their first ever round of the WRSS title as they beat the Blitzbokke by a single point (27-26).

Fiji powered its way up to the cup semis and finished fourth at Twickenham.

After finishing runners-up to Samoa in Paris, Fiji took on a resurgent English outfit, backed by strong loyal support, ended up being thumped by the hosts 31-10.

This loss gave fans a big headache because Fiji had to progress past pool play in order to win the overall WRSS title.

Fans were hot on their heels and many knew they had to stay up late night to support the team playing miles away from home.

Fans got some relief as Fiji wounded the Welsh Dragons by 42-5 and Australia's loss to England by 10-7 meant we only needed a draw to qualify as we were ahead on points difference.

Then Fiji delivered a "moment of madness" as fireworks lit the early morning skies. Fiji sounded an early warning demolishing the Aussies 26-0.

Amid high emotions, Ryan hugged every player as Fiji had broken the jinx of not winning any title back-to-back.

With this momentum, Fiji drove the French out of the cup competition with a brutal 40-7 victory.

However, all good things must come to an end and our fairytale run ended at the hands of Africa, who looked commanding from the start. Fiji lost to the Blitzbokke 26-21 and then bundled out by the US 26-19.

Despite not being crowned London champions, Fiji had ensured they would retain their overall title and go into 7s maiden Olympic appearance as WRSS champions.

To be crowned champions at Twickenham is every player's dream and our players and team management would have felt extremely privileged to be living that dream.

To play in front of a full house is an unreal experience and Fiji tasted victory. The rest is history.

Sadly, Fiji has let the WRSS title slip by but I am adamant that come 2018 our boys will rise and get back the WRSS title.

Ni moce mada Ben Ryan!,

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