Start Winning, Begin in Vegas, for Fiji, Fans
The focus of the World Sevens Series will be centred on the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas this weekend
Perhaps the USA 7s has a lot of bearing on us to win than any other country for very important reasons.
As the defending Olympic and world champions, it’s about time we wave that magic wand again to win back our champion status.
It’s almost unreal for Fiji to be winless after four tournaments and we need to get back to our winning ways.
We are also the defending champions of the USA 7s and there’s no better destination to kick-start our campaign for the remaining six tournaments than in the ‘Sin City.’
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor, in congratulating the 14 players on Friday, reflected on what fans and Fiji want.
O’Connor said: “We are now into the fifth tournament of the series and in order to successfully defend the title you will have to work harder for the rest of the series.
“The FRU and your many fans in Fiji and around the world believe that you can do it. So now it is up to you to go out there and perform like champions and win both tournaments.”
First and foremost we need to trust and be appreciative of the hard work put in by the players and Coach Gareth Baber.
We need to give the Welshman more time for him to understand the players and vice-versa.
The emphasis now should be on winning tournaments and developing players for the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.
Because defending the World Sevens Series is almost a distant reality as the 21points cushion between the Blitzboks (85) and Fiji (64) will be hard to bridge.
This is unless the Neil Powell’s men play poorly in the remaining six tournaments which is highly unlikely.
While other nations have studied on how to beat the Fiji in the past, it’s only proper and right that we also learn how to beat others who we are struggling to overcome now.
The Blitzboks have set the pace and would be the team to beat undoubtedly.
They have been in four Cup finals, winning three. They only lost twice in four tournaments, both to England in the Cup final in Cape Town and during the pool game in Sydney.
Furthermore they have achieved what Fiji has never achieved since the World Sevens Series started in 1999.
The back-to-back win in Wellington and Sydney is a first for a Springbok Sevens team.
It is always special to win a double and not many teams have achieved that. And to achieve that in Australasia is quite a feat.
This all comes down to good management of players and the introduction of new ones. It should be high on the agenda going forward.
This is exactly what Baber is trying to manage going forward.
And the players must work together with no one more important than the other.
Everyone has a role to play and to make a contribution.
And we need to start playing right in Vegas this weekend.
The least local fans can do is pray for them.