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Ryan Defends His Boys

In the wake of criticism and outcry over the Vodafone Fiji 7s side’s performance at the 2014 South Africa 7s over the weekend, head coach Ben Ryan has come to
16 Dec 2014 07:50
Ryan Defends His Boys
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In the wake of criticism and outcry over the Vodafone Fiji 7s side’s performance at the 2014 South Africa 7s over the weekend, head coach Ben Ryan has come to his side’s defence.

Speaking to SUNsports from Johannesburg, Ryan gave some very important statistics which his side had accomplished since his appointment.

“This is the first time since the 2014 Las Vegas 7s that we haven’t made semifinal or better in seven tournaments in a row. Very consistent.

“Our standing is second on the series and only six points behind South Africa which we haven’t played at all yet.

“Also, we’re well ahead of New Zealand, England and Australia all of whom have vastly superior resources and budgets compared to us, as do nearly all the series teams.

“We have the top point scorer on series Osea Kolinisau, the top forward tackler on series Semi Kunatani and we are the team with the most points scored on the series and one of the least penalised teams in terms of yellow cards in series.

“All these with one of least capped squads on series because many top players left for overseas contracts in the last 12 months. Only two remained from the Dubai win 12 months ago which is the biggest change by miles in the top six teams.

“We have set a very ambitious target of 150 and our series points for the season so far, after 3 tournaments, is just above that with 51 points. We’ve played 18 games, won 15 games and lost three games. Only South Africa, who has won 16 and lost two, has a better record. These are huge amounts to be pleased about and these are the facts!”

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team will face Australia again in the 2014 Wellington 7s from February 6-7. Wales and Portugal complete the pool.

The Osea Kolinisau-skippered side will play their first game against Portugal at 1.03pm followed by their second game against at 3.58pm and face Australia at 6.54pm in the final match on Day One.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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