Rio 2016: Ryan hails incredible Fiji after sevens triumph


Fiji rugby sevens coach Ben Ryan described his team as on "another scale of phenomenal" after winning the nation's first ever Olympic medal, claiming gold at the Rio Games.

One of the pre-tournament favourites, Fiji delivered on their promise with a 43-7 thrashing of Great Britain in the final on Thursday.

Ryan, who is standing down as coach, was full of praise for his team, who went through the tournament unbeaten.

"I'm a little bit lost for words. The boys were on another scale of phenomenal. They were brilliant," he said.

The Brit added: "They played some high-risk rugby there and they were outstanding and, hopefully, we showcased Fijian rugby and everybody who was watching, maybe even the British supporters, can have a smile.

"It was just the way we wanted to play the game."

Fiji stood triumphantly arm in arm after their win at Deodoro Stadium, singing to celebrate their victory.

They had wasted little time in setting it up against GB, racing out to a 29-0 lead at half-time on the back of free-flowing rugby.

"I'm just delighted we just played so well in the final and we really didn't give Great Britain, who had done so well up until that point, a sniff and blew them away in the first half," Ryan said.

"This is the nation's team. The entire country will have watched this and they all should be thrilled about the performance."

Of his future, Ryan added: "I always said that I was going to press the pause button after my time with Fiji, reflect on things and that's what I'll do, have a few months off. Probably weigh up what move is next and enjoy some time out for a few other different projects.

"This last few years has been amazing and I'll be always thankful for Fiji giving me this opportunity to find my fire back again, I guess."