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Fiji vs Samoa. Source: World RugbyFiji vs Samoa. Source: World RugbyIt came as no surprise that Fijians made-up the biggest backdrop during the inaugural HSBC Vancouver Sevens last weekend.


The VANCITY BUZZ claim though has left revellers bitterly disappointed at the overall performance of the Vodafone Fiji 7s team on the sixth stop of the 10 tournament series.

A poll conducted on Wednesday reveals that when Fiji's big moment arrived with so much optimism, the team faltered.

A staggering 80 percent of the responders gave the reigning HSBC World Sevens Champions a failing grade, adding the team quit playing the rugby that was expected out of them.

The despair also hung heavily in the air for the reigning World Sevens Champions' chances of retaining the HSBC World Sevens Series title, let alone wining Fiji's first ever gold at the Rio Olympics.

The ‘Fijians at Heart’ group that formed the raucous band at the BC Place Stadium, feels Fiji had ran out of ideas following the Las Vegas win a week earlier.

Steve Draunibaka, the brainchild of the biggest fan group said while Vancouver Sevens would go down in history for drawing record breaking Fijians, the fact is performance left one to believe the team is rugby-out and needs to up their game.

He calls for a fresh doze of stimulus for the remaining tournaments.

Draunibaka says Fijian fans didn't need an official acknowledgment of the numbers as they knew they had out numbered other nations.

“We knew the former countrymen had turned up in huge numbers," he said.

"The turnout and emanating energy certainly backed VANCITY BUZZ's claim".

Fervent fan, Ratu Joji, who trekked from Calgary to throw his support behind Fiji, sounded similar views.

“The admission only makes it official of what we had always projected", Joji said.

Fans would love to see Fiji redeem by winning the ‘Holy Grail’ of all sevens tournaments, Hong Kong 7s to be held in the second week of April.


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