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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

The quote resonates well with the Fiji Airways men’s 7s team.

After losing the opening game to Ireland 21-12 in the Singapore Sevens, the team stepped in and stepped up.

Under new head coach Ben Gollings, there was a great deal to be learned by losing.

That fact does not make it feel any better.

But it does remind those who desire growth that this is the beginning of an opportunity.

You have to break down existing muscles before you build bigger ones.

The best way to begin is to fix your attitude.

And the team did just that, without wasting time, felt sorry for themselves; licked their wounds, and got down to the business of getting better.

And were they unstoppable.

With double Olympic gold medallist Jerry Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqu and Josua Vakurunabili the old faces in a team of newbies, they all worked up to represent.

Fiji beat France 26-19, Japan 60-0, Australia 19-12 before ending the Blitzboks' 11 consecutive quarter-final Sevens World Series wins in a mouth-watering encounter 19-14 in Singapore.

The Blitzboks have been dominating the circuit in the absence of New Zealand and Fiji, who have been missing due to Covid-19 regulations, but they came crashing back down to earth this weekend.

The Singapore Sevens saw Gollings men play the sport they are widely known for, fast, flawless and turn fearless combatant in the face challenge.

Fiji won the final 28-17 against New Zealand to claim its first Series title since Sydney in 2020.

Gollings team now shifts focus to Vancouver Sevens.

Given the slow start in Singapore 7s, the team needs to step in and step up from the get-go in Vancouver where Fijian fans will pack high to the rafters to cheer.

Let us get behind the team and show out infinite support.

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