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Analysis: New 7s Format Proves Brutal To Us

Analysis: New 7s Format Proves Brutal To Us
July 31
10:47 2018

While we placed our focus on what players to take to the Rugby World Cup Sevens what we failed to realise was that the tournament was played under a totally new format.

This new knockout format compared to how it was done previously meant playing a smaller number of games – which in this case was four – but the intensity of these games was of a different magnitude.

Losing your first game means the end of your campaign and there is no such thing as ‘second chance’ in this new format.

Legendary sevens rugby coach Sir Gordon Tietjens said: “The new format has made the sport more ruthless and it has become brutal.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by Kenyan 7s captain Collins Injera, who indicated that the stakes were high, since all preparations done would come to nought if you lose your first game.

In simple terms, your fate is decided within that 14 minutes of game time.

The question we need to ask now is did the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team really understood how the whole mechanics of this new format worked before deciding on the final 12 players?

Interestingly, if they did then two of the players in the final 12 were lucky to get the nod.

But if they did not then that explains why some players failed to perform to expectation. The pressure to get things going right from the start and keep on building them up despite the increasing pressure took its toll on them.

This resulted in individual play, no sense of direction, dropped balls, mis-tackles, wrong decisions and aimless kicking.

Let’s take a look at how our players are rated out of 10 during the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament.Untitled-1




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