SOUTH African Rugby Union international referee Rasta Rasivhenge is gobsmacked with the champagne rugby on display during the 4-day Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast 7s at Lawaqa Park.
“DJ Forbes and I are gobsmacked with the standard of rugby on display here and it has been an eye opener,” Rasta said.
He added other countries need to look at Fiji and that we need to invest more in these structures and tournaments.
Sharing his experience as a refeeree, Rasta said one of the toughest games he had to referee was the Quarter Finals during the Rio Olympics in 2016 between Fiji and New Zealand where Fiji won 12-10.
“I remember that I had to make some crucial decisions and I had to execute them under pressure,” Rasta said.
“At the end of the day the best team won and Fiji went on to win the Gold medal doing their country proud.”
Rasta said Fiji was the best prepared team, team with the best conditioning systems and the best non-drinking policy during the Olympics.
“A lot players are my mates and they did well and did Fiji really proud.”
Story By Mela Katonivualiku & Photos by Jone Luvenitoga.