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Shape Up, Let’s Do It

Today and tomorrow the highly hyped Fiji fans will be crossing their fingers to see a much-improved performance by our Vodafone Fijian 7s team in Sydney. If the Wellington semifinal
06 Feb 2016 11:47
Shape Up, Let’s Do It
Seamech Ltd staff wearing their Fiji colours to show support for the Vodafone Fijian 7s team yesterday. Photo: Justine Mannan.

Today and tomorrow the highly hyped Fiji fans will be crossing their fingers to see a much-improved performance by our Vodafone Fijian 7s team in Sydney.

If the Wellington semifinal 31-0 thrashing by South  Africa was something to go by then we are in a serious problem.

What we all anticipated to be another sterling performance was completely shut down by the smart South African side.

Yes, we were rightfully outplayed by South Africa in all aspects of the game- aggression, speed, power, strength and support play.

There is no need for us to have self pity because we have to swallow our pride, work on our weakness and redeem ourselves this weekend.

The Kiwis displayed to us what power play is all about while South Africa taught us how to play with sheer speed.

Call it whatever you want, but one thing which was crystally clear- we were a shadow of our worth in Wellington.

We have to find solutions and Ryan as the national coach has the kit to solve the problem.

I’m voicing my concern and please take note of the following:

Minimise your social engagement and promotional activities;

Two or three current players need to be changed to meet the demand of the game;

Move Savenaca Rawaca to the front because of his power to avoid running across the field;

Find and prepare fast men on the wing. We need speedsters like Sanivalati Laulau, Robert Howard, Luke Erenavula, Etuate ‘Honda’ Gusuivalu, Marika Vunibaka, Vilimoni Delasau and Niko Baleiverata.

There is no game controller and Osea Kolinisau didn’t handle this well in Wellington and the previous seasons. Players like Waisale Serevi, William Ryder, Neumi Nanuku or Vili Satala who could turn something out of nothing when the game is played with high intensity

Minimise talking to the media and concentrate more on the game

Work on power strength and speed

Ryan has to prepare big time players for the Series and not those who are flashed with cards every now and then;

Having said all these I plead to Ryan to have an open mind and take suggestions from coaches who have worked so hard through the years to prepare some of the top players in the country.

Again Rio is just around the corner and I hope this five cents worth of contribution will help in some ways.

Ben and Rob (Kauvesi) remember this- Fijians are very bad losers. All the best this weekend. GO Fiji Go!

 

 

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