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Ryan: Why We Lost

After a disappointing weekend for the Vodafone Fiji  7s side, head coach Ben Ryan had a lot to say on where it all went wrong for our boys. Ryan expressed
16 Dec 2014 07:53
Ryan: Why We Lost
Fit for Wellington: Semi Kunatani (right), scored two tries as they beat France in the opening match of the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens. Photo: World Rugby

After a disappointing weekend for the Vodafone Fiji  7s side, head coach Ben Ryan had a lot to say on where it all went wrong for our boys.

Ryan expressed his disappointment with the team’s faltering performance yesterday, saying the team was in control against Australia, but then let it slip.

“The bounce back against England was outstanding, but we underestimated America and did not put in another quality performance,” he said from Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

It came after the Vodafone Fiji 7s:

– Lost to Australia 19-31 in the Cup quarterfinal at the South Africa Sevens.

– Beat England 31-0 in the Plate semifinal

– Lost to USA 14-21 in the Plate final.

“It really left a sour taste in my mouth over the three weeks.”

Ryan, meanwhile, cleared injury concerns to Seremaia Tuwai and Semi Kunatani.

“Jerry should be fine. He retained a bang to his hip which stiffened everything up and made it pretty hard for him to be able to run and play properly. Both players were big losses.

“Obviously Jerry is in the dream team for the last two tournaments and Semi is the second biggest off-loader in the world series, second in the try-scoring list and also highest tackle-rate for any forward in the series. So, of course we miss them.”

Ryan said the focus now was on Wellington, New Zealand.

“I’m very pleased that we’re still in second place – a nice buffer between ourselves and the automatic qualification spots.

“It’s disappointing with the high standards that we set, but it’s all about Wellington now. There’s going to be some tough decisions I think that will have to be made around selection. But we’re all here to get better and win things.

“So looking forward to having a week or so, and then hit January hard, put a team into the Uprising 7s and then really to go to Wellington and Vegas with the replete intention of getting some big points.”

Fiji still ranks in the top four on the Series in second place with 51 points behind new series leader South Africa with 59 points.

The team departed South Africa yesterday and is expected to arrive in the country tomorrow.

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