NEWS

Why We Lost

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team need to catch, run, pass and tackle, and play the RIGHT WAY. And they have one week to bounce back in Las Vegas and do
08 Feb 2015 11:25
Why We Lost

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team need to catch, run, pass and tackle, and play the RIGHT WAY.

And they have one week to bounce back in Las Vegas and do the country proud and play to their best as expected.

The outcome in Wellington yesterday was not what the fans and the country expected.

It’s all because of indiscipline and they can’t blame the refs or the judiciary for their downfall as they are, as always, the sole arbiter of fact.

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan did the hard yards in preparing the team and was expecting them “do some damage” in Wellington, but instead it backfired.

Ryan tested the players to the limit during training in trying to instil that element of hardness in them. But instead of playing with controlled aggression, the team made it hard for themselves by overdoing things instead of doing it right and playing it simple.

The two-match suspension of team captain Osea Kolinisau and Semi Kunatani on Day One took its toll on the team and led to their relegation to third place on the HSBC Sevens World Series standing of the.

And the team were left to struggle on Day Two.

They could have beaten England in the Cup quarterfinal. But again indiscipline struck in the first minute when Jasa Veremalua was shown the yellow card which allowed England to build an early 14-0 lead before running away winners 26-21 after sudden death.

Although they won the Plate final 24-0 against Australia, the Fijians continued to be penalised for basic errors like handling the ball in the rucks.

Ryan has done his homework in identifying the weaknesses the team faced on the 7s circuit like distraction from fans, not eating and sleeping right.

In Wellington, the players seemed to be in the right mode. But disaster struck on Day One and we ended up playing catch-up rugby. Winning the Plate final enabled Fiji to be in third spot on 64 points behind New Zealand (69) and South Africa (76). The Fijians need to make amends in Las Vegas this weekend and being in Pool A with New Zealand, Wales, Samoa should be a good test for the team.

They can deliver if they play, smart, hard rugby. The onus is them if they are to make the top four at the end of the series and qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. We can only hope our boys play their best.

HSBC SEVENS WORLD SERIES
Standings

South Africa (76),
New Zealand (69),
Fiji (64),
Australia (58),
England (56),
Argentina (47),
Scotland (42),
USA (36),
Samoa (31),
Wales (30),
France (27),
Kenya (21),
Portugal (18), Canada (17), Japan (4),
Papua New Guinea (1)

FEBRUARY 13-15
USA Sevens

POOL A
FIJI
NEW ZEALAND
WALES
SAMOA

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