We’re Ahead: Ryan

Ben Ryan says Fiji is a curve ahead of the rest of the teams playing in the 2015-16 World Sevens Series. And the Vodafone Fijian 7s coach is confident of
07 Dec 2015 13:19
We’re Ahead: Ryan
Jerry Tuwai breaks the tackle of an English player

Ben Ryan says Fiji is a curve ahead of the rest of the teams playing in the 2015-16 World Sevens Series.

And the Vodafone Fijian 7s coach is confident of repeating the feat and winning the inaugural Cape Town Sevens in South Africa this weekend.

Ryan made the bold statement after the Vodafone Fijian 7s clinched the Dubai 7s title in clinical fashion beating England 28-17 in the Cup final.

“It’s good to win the opening salvo,” Ryan told Gulf News.

“I’ve done it a few times now with both England and Fiji and it gives you confidence that what you’re doing at home is actually working.

“We are ahead of the curve now compared to other teams and they will look at us now and try and work out how to negate that. But it’s a tough assignment for them because as soon as they take their eye off what they are doing in order to nullify us then we are able to create this aura about us.

“At the same time apart from five minutes of golden rugby in the final, the second half was flat, but luckily those five minutes were enough.”


Simon Amor: Very good Fiji team

England coach Simon Amor said: “When you get to the final you want to lift a trophy but I couldn’t be prouder of the effort and attitude of the boys throughout the tournament.

“We’ve got some young guys and ones coming back from injury so it’s challenging as a coach. But ultimately that is a very good Fiji team, loads of experience, loads of world class players. Fiji were so dangerous and they retained possession so well we just didn’t have the guys to make the tackles.”


Cape Town next stop

Ryan said while it was great to win the first leg and they looked forward to the next leg in Cape Town.

“It was a bonus to get off to a good start; the Olympics is the priority but we are pleased we won the opening leg again,” Ryan said.

“There is definitely room for improvement, especially in the second half in the final where we got turned over way too much in the ruck.

“We need to recover from Dubai as quick as we can and hope we can get the players back to full energy levels for Cape Town.

“Cape Town is a great city with fantastic rugby support. The stadium is a sellout so it should be a brilliant weekend of rugby.”

There are a few injury concerns but Ryan said change is to be expected.

Fiji is pooled with Argentina, Scotland and Russia in Cape Town.

Fiji plays Scotland on Sunday at 9:59pm, Russia at 1:20am Monday morning followed by Argentina at 5:03am.

Fiji secured their second Dubai 7s title in three years with a 28-17 win over England at 7he Sevens Stadium yesterday.

The World Sevens Series defending champions were 28-7 up at halftime after tries from Savenaca Rawaca, Jasa Veremalua and Isake Katonibau all converted by Vatemo Ravouvou, saw Ben Ryan’s side fight back from an early Tom Bowen try converted by Dan Bibby.

Bowen and Phil Burgess added two more unconverted tries for England after the break but in the end the deficit was too much for the Red Roses.

Ryan, who used to coach England, has now won the Dubai title four times in the last six years, twice each with both England and Fiji.



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