Hong Kong Sevens

Serevi seeks right stage for exit

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 April, 2006, 12:00am

Sevens sorcerer Waisale Serevi is not yet ready to disappear from the scene of his greatest triumphs. The little master says talk of his retirement is premature. But maybe all that will change if Fiji are to spirit away the cup this evening.

'I'm not ready to retire because I'm still enjoying playing rugby,' said Serevi yesterday, dispelling speculation back home on the streets of Suva that he will announce his retirement at the end of this tournament.

It was thought that Serevi, who turns 38 next month, would step down from his role as player and only continue as coach after the Commonwealth Games. But Fiji failed to win the gold medal and Serevi did not get the right stage to say his exit lines.

Hong Kong might provide him that tonight. If Fiji win their 10th Hong Kong Sevens title tonight, Serevi might be just tempted to go out in a blaze of glory. It would be a fitting end for it all began for Serevi in Hong Kong back in 1989.

'It all started here for me,' says Serevi. 'Fiji and I have had a lot of success here and it would be great if we can win again. We are confident but there are a lot of teams who are good enough to win this title.'

Hong Kong has been good to Serevi. And in return, Serevi has reserved his best for this tournament. Since making his debut as a 20-year-old in 1989, he has dazzled Hong Kong with his sublime skills, unparalleled vision and sheer impudence. His record speaks for itself - two World Cup crowns and five Hong Kong Sevens titles. He will be hoping to make that six by dusk today.

Fiji progressed into the cup competition defeating Russia 47-12 and Kenya 29-7.

They will be worried that their defence is leaking tries, something which Serevi says will have to be worked on today.