Good Win, Bad Loss, Learn From Failure
The sweet feeling of victory turning sour very quickly for the Vodafone Fijian 7s team in Sydney yesterday clearly reflects how competitive the World Sevens Series is.
After being so clinical in the 40-0 demolition of Samoa in the first game, the Rio Olympics gold medallists were thundered back to earth after losing to Wales 15-28 in the second game.
Likewise, who would have thought the Rio Olympics women gold and silver medallists Australia and New Zealand, both lost out in the Cup semifinals to Canada (7-12) and the United States (12-19) respectively in a major shock at a sold-out Allianz Stadium.
This clearly shows the popularity, pace and exciting nature of the game demands more from the athletes and coaching staff.
It’s one of the sports where players must possess a wide range of skills.
They must have the speed, fitness, ball skills and effectiveness to win the breakdown like the best flankers in the world.
The teams must have players who are proficient in tackling, attacking and decision-making.
There is no room for players to come up short in one area as you only got seven on the field. And there is no room for complacency either.
The clinical shutout of Samoa is almost perfect for the coaching manual.
The connection, cohesion, comprehension and the support play was splendid.
While fans thought more to come in the second game, they were proven wrong, disappointed and stunned.
It’s not that Wales was a better team, but we deserved to lose because we played poorly,
We failed to crank into gear from the start and we failed to connect in our passes resulting in Wales scoring soft tries.
Our defence was in disarray as Wales very smartly made breaks in the middle.
Therefore it is important that whether you had a good win or a bad loss, you have to start again with a fresh mind and attitude in your next game.
The short time for recovery comes into focus as it plays a significant role in improving and making adjustments for the next game.
We’ve yet to win gold in the last three tournaments but the positive thing is we are second on the points’ standings.
We can’t win if we can’t learn from defeat. Defeat can create greater resolve; endings can open doors to new beginnings. We need to make a failure work for us not against us. We need to view failure as merely one of life’s hurdles to overcome.
If we fail once, we need to simply try and try again.
That is a formula that worked very well for the famous playwright George Bernard Shaw, who said, “When I was young, I observed that nine out of every 10 things I did were failures, so I did 10 times more work.”
Or should we be guided by the words of poet Arthur Gutterman, “In life as in football, fall forward when you fall.”