A DIE-HARD Fiji 7s fan could not control his emotions and threw an electric iron at a 32-inch flat screen television set during the Sydney 7s semi-final encounter between the Vodafone Fiji team and New Zealand.
The incident happened in Nabua in the presence of a former national rep whose dad was a member of the invincible Nabua 7s side that scooped major 7s titles in 1989-90.
The owner of the TV set, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the incident showed that the 7s game had a special place in the hearts of all Fijians.
She said members of her extended family gathered at Nabua on Sunday to watch the Sydney 7s in a specially built temporary shed.
She said her television set was smashed by the iron when the referee penalised Fiji during the semi-final.
“Everyone was glued to the TV and we were shocked when he (former rep) suddenly grabbed the iron which was next to him and threw it at the screen,” the source said.
“He was disappointed with one of the decisions made by the referee and could not control his emotions.
“In Nabua the 7s game is very special to us, as it is for all Fijians, and this is an indication of how we feel when the national team loses.”
Despite a part of the screen been damaged by the iron, the incident though failed to stop those gathered from watching the remainder of the tournament.
“After the incident we continued watching the game on the half-damaged TV set.”
“It was funny though when we wanted to know the scores and we could not find the scores on the top left side of the screen.
“Another funny scenario was when we wanted to know who was leading on the 7s series points table because we could only see the three 69 points and we did not know which one was Fiji until we heard the commentator.”
She said the incident shows that Fijians were crazy about 7s.
And the world’s best 7s player of all time, Waisale Serevi, best summed it up in one of his earlier interviews – the 7s game beats in the heart of every Fijian.
Source : fijitimes 9 Feb 2016