In the final of the Tokyo Sevens competition, a well organised South Africa lost out 33 -26 to Fiji on Sunday. Despite ending up on the wrong end of the scoreline, it cannot be disputed that the Blitzbokke put in their all in this contest and had it not been for some spectacular sevens play so well associated with the Fijians, perhaps it could have been different for the South Africans.
It was the Pacific Islanders who took the lead in the opening minutes of the exchange with a score from Emosi Mulevoro. Mulevoro’s try was rapidly succeeded by an effort from Samisoni Viriviri to take the score to 12 – 0. Despite the early setback, the Blitzbokke did not deem the tie as over and it was only a matter of time until their resurgence would begin. Kyle Brown led the comeback after some great work at the breakdown. Next to score for South Africa was Stephan Dippenaar and Justin Geduld’s try followed a turnover after a tackle to Viriviri.
An increase in South African pressure and determination from the Fijians saw a deadlocked score of 26 apiece with a mere seconds left on the clock. Fiji then created a fantastic try as they got the ball wide through a genius overhead flick by Pio Tuwai passed to Wasea Nacuqu. Nacuqu produced a flash of lightning play which saw him out sprint the defence and score from just about 60 metres out as Fiji ran out 33-26 winners in the Japanese capital.