FIJI President Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilu had a special order for Sevens hero Waisale Serevi when he said farewell to the team in Suva earlier this week. ''Don't come back if you don't win,'' said the Fijian high chief and head of state as he hugged and kissed the 23-year-old playmaker. It would have sounded like the death penalty to any Fijian commoner but to Serevi, who is related to the high chief, it simply meant that the Hongkong Sevens must be won again. Despite the traditional relationship between him and Ratu Sir Penaia, a former Fiji rugby representative and now patron of the Fiji Rugby Football Union, Serevi did not take the warning lightly. ''It's my duty to take heed of the warning and perform to the best of my ability,'' said Serevi, who last night joined his teammates for a sacred pre-tournament ritual of sharing a bowl kava, their native drink. ''I have no doubt whatsoever that we will win again and when we come back, I would like to see Ratu Penaia again.'' Ratu Sir Penaia echoed the hopes of many Fijian rugby fans who will today be watching the tournament live on television, courtesy of Television New Zealand. Scores of Fijian rugby fans arrived in Hongkong and on Thursday night hoping to cheer the team to an amazing fourth win in a row, and their eighth overall. Serevi led Fiji to win the inaugural Fiji International Sevens tournament in Suva last weekend and promised his fans that he would extend that win to the Hongkong tournament, which today celebrates its 18th year. Wins by Fiji in the last three years have seen a big boost in tourism and investment in the country. Ratu Sir Penaia said in his farewell message to the team that their victories at the Hongkong Sevens had greatly lifted the country's image abroad. ''The economy, tourism and businesses have flourished by what you have achieved,'' he told the players. ''Some of you may not have realised the immense contributions that you have brought to the country, apart from your sporting prowess on the rugby field. ''It is important for you to win again.'' Serevi said memories of the victories in the last three years would be erased as they focused all their attention on the task at hand. ''We will be playing as if we haven't won the tournament in five years,'' said Serevi defiantly. ''Every match will be a final for us. There will be no stars but a team effort.'' And that means the Fijians will be looking to rack up high scores against their Pool A opponents Namibia and Malaysia today. The Fijian players were in good humour and looked relaxed yesterday as they attended a lunch hosted by their former coach Ian Duncan. But skipper Vesi Rauluni admitted that it was difficult not to feel the pressure when carrying the hopes of a nation where sevens rugby is a religion. ''As captain, I do feel a lot of pressure,'' said Rauluni. ''The whole of Fiji expects us to win again. But the boys are relaxed. ''We have done all the hard training in Fiji. This past week in Hongkong, we have just been doing some light runarounds and ball-work.'' The Fijians revelled in the mud last year, But this time, the Royal Observatory is predicting the sun to break through the recent cloudy skies, although gloomy weather is expected to return late tomorrow.