World Games Day 2: Fiji cruise to Gold Medal

World Games Day 2: Fiji cruise to Gold Medal

Fiji once again stormed to the Gold Medal at the World Games on another hugely entertaining day of Rugby Sevens from Kaohsiung. The Islanders met surprise finalists Portugal in the decisive Gold Medal match, eventually running out comprehensive winners 43-10. Nasoni Roko and Emosi Vucago broke the back of the Europeans with two tries apiece with Burotu, Tuwai, and Lutumailagi adding scores in a one-sided Gold Medal match.

Fiji once again stormed to the Gold Medal at the World Games on another hugely entertaining day of Rugby Sevens from Kaohsiung. The Islanders met surprise finalists Portugal in the decisive Gold Medal match, eventually running out comprehensive winners 43-10.

Nasoni Roko and Emosi Vucago broke the back of the Europeans with two tries apiece with Burotu, Tuwai, and Lutumailagi adding scores in a one-sided Gold Medal match.

Pedro Leal and Diego Mateus both crossed for a tired looking Portugal, but it was ultimately Fiji who deserved their win to match the Gold Medal that they took at the last World Games in 2005.

It proved a step too far for former European Champions Portugal, who earlier in the day had stunned Argentina in the Semi-Final’s (19-12) thanks to Goncalo Foro’s brace and a Frederico Olivari try.

In the other Semi-Final South Africa’s World Games dreams were shattered once again through a superb display by their bogey team Fiji. Two Seremaia Burotu tries and a score from the hugely impressive captain Emosi Vucago did the damage, with the IRB Sevens World champions only mustering a solitary try from Mpho Mbiyozo.

Earlier in the day the Boks had enjoyed some success In the first of the days Quarter-Finals, running away with a 39-0 win over Hong Kong. Kyle Brown and flyer Ryno Benjamin both went over twice with Dazel, Stick, and Afrika also scoring. Fiji eventually saw off hosts Chinese Taipei (28-5) with tries from Roko, Sareki, Tuwai, and Naiyabo proving enough.

After a disappointing 0-3 record from Day 1, the USA almost caused a shock in their last 8 clash running the Pumas extremely close before going 19-12. Blaine Sculley and Colin Hawly went over for the Eagles with Urdapilleta, Bruzzone, and Merello doing enough to send the South Americans through.

In the remaining Quarter-Final clash, Asian hopes were dashed thanks to a clinical Portugal who out-muscled Japan 17-0 to book their spot in the Semi-Finals.

South Africa made sure they got a place on the podium though, with Paul Treu's team securing the Bronze medal with a comfortable win over Argentina (19-0).

The US took some solace from the weekend in their 5th place tussle with Chinese Taipei with Johnny Naqica’s conversion the only difference between the sides in the 21-19 win. As in Day 1, Japan had the better of regional rivals Hong Kong in the 7th place play off courtesy of a 19-5 win.

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