Some consolation at last

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Tuesday, May 23, 2017
After losing to Canada and the All Blacks, Fiji was relegated to the trophy competition, formerly known as the bowl competition.

Sadly, the way we terrorised Japan was not seen during our outing against Canada and NZ.

If my memory is right, then this is the third time Fiji has played in the bowl competition.

I believe, Fiji first played in the bowl competition under Timoci Wainiqolo, who took the team to the 2013 Wellington 7s because the then coach Dere, having military connections, was not permitted to enter NZ for political reasons.

This means that NZ is the only team not to have featured in the bowl competition since its inception.

All other teams have played in the bowl competition.

In 2013, Fiji lost to Scotland in the opening match by 14-12 and then lost to Australia 21-12.

Although, Fiji beat Portugal 24-7, it was too late.

We were eliminated to the bowl competition, where we beat the US in the quarter-final 29-12, France in the semi-final 19-17 but lost to Canada 28-19 in the final.

In 2014, under the guidance of Ben Ryan, Fiji featured in the bowl competition in Las Vegas having lost to Australia (22-21) and NZ (12-7).

This time around, we beat Scotland 24-0. In the bowl quarter-final Fiji beat Uruguay 38-14.

We beat Wales in the semi-final 40-12 and won the bowl title beating Kenya 35-0.

On our route to the trophy competition this year, Fiji beat Russia, Kenya and Wales.

Twickenham has not been a happy hunting field for big names and the Scottish warriors, inspired by Riddle, Nayacavou, Farndale and Blake, gifted outgoing coach Calum MacRae a back-to-back title, coming from behind to beat England.

Since the London 7s was introduced in 2001, NZ has been the most successful team winning five titles.

England has won the cup title thrice, while Fiji and the Blitzbokke have won in London twice.

Samoa, the US and Australia have won the Cup title once.

After the completion of the London 7s, Fiji finished third overall behind Africa and England.

It may not have been a perfect ending but let's accept the results and support our boys.

I must thank the team management and the players for the efforts in London, Paris and throughout the 7s season!

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