2016 Rio Olympics: Fiji, Great Britain likely to clash for men’s rugby 7s’ finals?

2016 Rio Olympics: Fiji, Great Britain likely to clash for men’s rugby 7s’ finals?

Fiji and Great Britain are seen likely to clash for the gold medal in the men’s rugby sevens after dominating in their respective assignments in the ongoing Rio 2016 Olympics.

After finishing the preliminaries, Fiji found itself on top of Group A with 9 points followed closely by Argentina with 7 points. Great Britain on the other hand, leads Group C also with 9 points with Japan following in the second spot.

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Fiji booked a semifinals seat after beating New Zealand, 12-7 while Great Britain blanked Argentina, 5-0 to also advance to the next round. Joining them were South Africa who dominated Australia, 22-5, and Japan, who beat France, 12-7.

In the semis, Fiji will meet Japan while Great Britain will undergo a slugfest against South Africa. Winners will advance to the gold medal round while the losers will battle it out for the bronze medal.

For Fiji, it will be a moment to remember as they gun for their first Olympic medal in the sport wherein they have earned back-to-back World Series Championship titles. Their road to their first Olympic medal will be a tough one as they have to get through Japan, who has continued their awesome run in rugby in Rio.

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The Japanese side is very determined to make it to the gold medal round having beaten the sports favorites New Zealand All Blacks on the opening day of the event and then followed it up with successive wins over Kenya and France. It will be a tall order for the Pacific Islanders as they have to get highly physical with Japan for them to move to the finals.

In the other semis match, Great Britain will have their hands full as they take on South Africa, who clearly dominated the Australians in their 22-5 victory.

It will surely be a couple of thrilling matches for rugby, which made its way back to the Olympics since it was last played at the 1924 Summer Olympics held in Paris, France.

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