Fiji 7s were the overwhelming victors of London’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series segment this weekend.
Plowing through their opponents like loose snow, Fiji have nearly cemented the series title for 2018.
By winning the final against current holders South Africa at Twickenham, all that is needed for Fiji to win the championship is a fourth place finish in Paris next weeked.
Surprisingly, England and Ireland, ranked sixth and sixteenth in the world respectively (although Ireland hasn’t been involved in the competition since 2004), entertained a close bronze-final which the boys in green narrowly won 21-19.
But perhaps a bigger talking point was the play of the tournament during Fiji’s try against Canada in the quarter-final.
Canada’s task of stopping the force of Fiji, who had gone unbeaten so far in the tournament, was always a mountainous one. The final 40-7 scoreboard told an accurate story and this particular moment put extra flair on it.
After a missed pass from Canada, Fiji picked up the ball with instant intent.
A quick side pass followed by another one, and then, as the third man is going down from a tackle, manages to find a pass with a falling, over-the-head blind pass.
After receiving the brilliant pass, the fourth player dekes a surprised Canadian and runs off never to be caught.
It's one of those you have to watch a few times to actually believe what you have just seen. Remarkable!
Twitter reactions to the play included: “This is like watching SpaceJam” and “They may possibly be aliens. Actual aliens from Pluto.”
The Pacific nation can add a third championship to their cabinet in four years next weekend.
However, Fiji have a tougher group in Paris. Pooled together with New Zealand, Kenya and Samoa, all in top ten of the world rankings.
Elsewhere, England are in a group with USA (ranked fifth), Argentina (eighth) and host nation France (twelfth).
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