Rugby praise

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Thursday, February 8, 2018
The Hamilton 7s win was a special one. After the tournament was over we read about the anguish and emotions that our little master, who was carrying the leadership baton, had to go through.

He lost his grandfather prior to the Sydney 7s and had to attend to his sick son. This resulted in Jerry missing a week's training.

Despite this, our nippy playmaker was tough on the field and guided Fiji to winning the inaugural Hamilton 7s.

Words of praises and congratulations flooded FB and hopes were renewed.

This time last week people were bitter about the loss in Sydney and criticism was rife against our boys and Baber, but they took it in a positive way and turned things around with a sublime performance.

Full stop!

When our boys returned with the gold medal and trophy, a huge crowd greeted them.

Eroni Sau, nicknamed the "Sledgehammer", was caught by surprise as his 28th birthday was celebrated at the airport lobby. This was a perfect way to welcome Sau, who stood out with his try-scoring fiesta and well-structured defence.

The joy and emotions at the airport were also a perfect way to welcome our player of the final and Army speedster Naduva and the three members of the Hamilton 7s dream team — Yasawa flyer and new off-load master Nasoko in the forwards, Tuwai at half-back and Sau in the winger's position. While we have three players in the dream team, Africa and Australia have one and NZ has two players.

The gloomy atmosphere has changed into brightness and happiness as we look forward to three days of festivity and rugby madness in Las Vegas.

Back to the weekend, hats off to the 20,000-odd Fijian fans for storming the FMG Stadium Hamilton and for making our boys feel at home.

The 'sea of blue', musical instruments and the Fijian style of cheering rocked the stadium.

It was a night to remember.

At home kava flowed freely and the barbecue found its taste.

It was hard controlling emotions throughout the final as I lost my voice.

Lucky enough I have understanding and lovely family members and neighbours who tolerate the high level of noise at home during 7s tournaments.

Finally, to Baber and the boys vinaka vakalevu for giving every fan a sense of patriotism and joy!

The win was special thanks to you all.

I seek apologies if our words or actions have hurt you or your families. Au kerea na nomuni veivosoti e na tikina oqori.

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