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Waqa, Bosco Call For Improvement

Former Fiji 7s coach Etuate Waqa and rugby legend Pio Bosco Tikoisuva said lack of communication and the loss of Seremaia Tuwai and Semi Kunatani led to Fiji’s loss at
16 Dec 2014 07:48
Waqa, Bosco Call For Improvement
The South African team after winning the South Africa Sevens tournament yesterday. They beat New Zealand 26-17 in the final.

Former Fiji 7s coach Etuate Waqa and rugby legend Pio Bosco Tikoisuva said lack of communication and the loss of Seremaia Tuwai and Semi Kunatani led to Fiji’s loss at the South African 7s.

“I think it’s a matter of possession which they lacked starting with the game against Australia. They made basic mistakes against them; lost possession and they didn’t have control of the game,” Waqa said.

“Australia was a great opponent and capitalised, dictating the game, controlling possession and gave an explosive performance and they won. Fiji lacked that explosiveness and paid for it in that game.

“When they played England, they gave a dynamic performance and made a complete turnaround from the game with Australia, commanding and controlling the direction of the game and keeping possession.

“Then they came up against USA. USA has good players now that can make the game, get in and create opportunities for them and Fiji failed to recognise that sitting back in the game. USA denied them possession and won.”

Tikoisuva said, “Watching the game with Australia, the body language to me showed that they had already lost the game before they even played it out. I must commend Australia because they did so well and earned their win.

“Fiji just lacked severely in defence. They were not aggressive in their attack and they weren’t playing like they did in the previous games.

“We’ve got the materials to win though so it’s a matter of working things out. We’ve got the players with the abilities and we’ve got Ben Ryan as our coach. So I don’t know what it is that’s gone wrong, but it’ll need to be addressed.”

Fiji won all three pool games against France 45-5, Canada 26-7 and Scotland 19-12 but succumbed to Australia 31-19 in the Cup quarterfinals, bouncing back to beat England 31-0 in the Plate semi-final only to lose to USA 21-14 in the Plate final.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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