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‘More To Learn’

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team has more to learn from and improve on at the Sydney 7s this weekend. Coach Ben Ryan said the 31-0 defeat in the Cup semifinal
02 Feb 2016 10:44
‘More To Learn’
Ben Ryan

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team has more to learn from and improve on at the Sydney 7s this weekend.

Coach Ben Ryan said the 31-0 defeat in the Cup semifinal against South Africa was a rude awakening for the team. And they need to play smart, strong and take the positives moving forward.

Ryan said they cannot afford to allow their opponents to dictate the game for them as was the case in Wellington last weekend.

“We need to play our A game and react quicker to the ‘slowing down’ tactics employed against us,” Ryan said.

“Teams are very happy to give away penalties against us to make our play stop/start. We need to do a few things to avoid that happening and get into our attacking shape.

“We played too narrow against South Africa. There were forced offloads in narrow spaces instead of moving ball to outside space or creating a breakdown.

“But we still had five good games and one bad one but still a better result than last year. But definitely some good lessons to learn from South Africa.”

Ryan told World Sevens Series media that he would be meeting with World Rugby’s head of referees board Paddy O’Brien later this week.

“Our discipline is great. I will sit down with Paddy and we will agree or disagree on some things,” he said.

“That is the pleaser of the relationship that we have between the coaches and referees. We learn from each other.”

Finishing second on the standings after three legs, Fiji has 52 points behind leaders South Africa on 54 points.

Fiji is in Pool C with Argentina, who they will be playing for the fourth time, Samoa and France.

“This is the toughest group by far. They are all excellent teams that are all Cup  quarterfinals sets or better this season,” Ryan said.

“There are also a couple of niggling injuries but more will be known in the next 24 hours.”

Fiji plays Samoa at 12pm on Saturday, France at 3.18pm and their last pool game against Argentina at 7.21pm at Allianz Stadium, Sydney.

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