An outstanding and enthralling week of Rugby Sevens at the Olympic Games saw Fiji round off the tournament winning the gold medal in the men’s final – with Team GB, the losing finalists, claiming silver.
It was ultimately a comprehensive victory for a Fijian team hotly tipped to win the title going into the competition. It was also Fiji’s first ever gold medal at an Olympic Games. A remarkable achievement, and thoroughly well deserved.
As for Team GB, the physicality and intent shown, throughout the group and knock-out stages, was terrific. I sensed a real belief amongst this group of players. Some of the scores were sublime, too, with Scotland’s Mark Bennett showing some impressive strength and speed with a couple of excellent tries.
I understand the inclusion of rugby at the Olympics has been considered a huge success. There’s certainly no question it will be included at the Tokyo Games (Japan already has a huge appetite for rugby). Indeed, the Japanese team lit up the group stages of the men’s event, beating New Zealand in their opening game. The game between GB and Japan was also a real thriller, going down to the wire in fact, with Japan failing to convert their last-gasp try resulting in a 21-19 victory for GB.
It’s been a superb Olympic Games, not least for Team GB who, as I’m writing this, have a total of 61 medals, and are now rapidly closing in on their London Games tally of 65. Go on Team GB! As a passionate rugby supporter, it’s been brilliant to see Rugby Sevens add to the vibrancy of this carnival event, and long may it continue.