Fiji, who have competed at all but two Games since Melbourne 1956, became the second country to win their first ever Olympic medal here after Kosovo – who also claimed a gold.

Britain found tonight a match too far but can be proud after after pooling the collective resources of the home nations and over-achieving en route to the final.

South Africa, the team who Britain had outsted at the semi-final stage, swept past giantkillers Japan 54-14 to take bronze.

It was their first ever Olympic medal in a team sport.