In the first-ever men’s rugby sevens gold medal match, Fiji made history in what was a dominant performance.
Fiji scored seven tries, with seven different players responsible for them, as they rolled to a 43-7 victory over Great Britain. Not only did Fiji win the first-ever rugby sevens gold medal, but this is also the nation’s first Olympic medal of any kind in any sport. Osea Kolinisau, who served as Fiji’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony, scored nine points (one try and two conversion kicks) and Vatemo Ravouvou added seven points (one try, one conversion) for the Olympic champions.
Great Britain pulled off an upset to get to the gold medal match, as they defeated South Africa in the semifinals by a score of 7-5. But they didn’t have enough to slow down the juggernaut that is Fiji, which led 29-0 at the half and entered the Olympics as the world’s top-ranked rugby sevens team.
South Africa took bronze with a comfortable 54-14 win over Japan. Cecil Afrika scored four tries to lead the way for South Africa, with Rosko Specman adding three tries for the winners.
The U.S. rugby sevens finished ninth, beating Spain 24-12 in the ninth place match.