‘Attitude Is Everything’
Beating the Vodafone Fijian 7s team is all about attitude, says USA 7s coach Mike Friday.
Speaking after their win over the Fijians at the Singapore Sevens Cup quarterfinals yesterday, the non-nonsense coach said, with the right attitude they can beat anybody.
“We’ve been getting closer in the past semi-finals,” he said.
“We went out there with all the anger and frustrations that we had and were able to bring it all out to win. To us attitude is everything and we can beat anybody. Now after the quarterfinals we’re on to the semi-finals,” he added. USA went on to trounce Australia 40-7 to book a spot in the Cup final against Canada who scored an upset 17-5 win over England.
KATONIBAU FOR PARIS, LONDON?
Veteran Vodafone Fijian 7s forward Isake Katonibau is in doubt for next month’s Paris and London 7s tournaments. This was after he copped a red card for a high against against South Africa in the 5th Place semifinal last night.
The Fijian bowed out 19-14 but put on a gutsy performance as they played with six men for most part of the match.
It took time for the Fijians to settle down as South Africa took an early 7-0 lead through a Cecil Afrika try.
With Katonibau leading the charge the Fijians pinned the Blitzboks into their half with bone crushing tackles before Nacuqu found his way over the tryline with Kolinisau’s conversion going over.
Then disaster struck for the Fijians when Katonibau got his marching order from the referee. The sending off fired up the Fijians as they took on the South Africans before forward Mesulame Kunavale offloaded to Nacuqu to score under the post for a 14-7 lead at halftime. The Fijians refused to give up as they defended desperately after South Africa ran in two tries.