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Gold In Rio Has To Be The Ultimate Goal

Our 31-19 loss to South Africa in the Vancouver Sevens semi-finals yesterday should be viewed positively. No one denies the fact that we’ve lost to one of the in-form teams
15 Mar 2016 09:46
Gold In Rio Has To Be The Ultimate Goal

Our 31-19 loss to South Africa in the Vancouver Sevens semi-finals yesterday should be viewed positively.

No one denies the fact that we’ve lost to one of the in-form teams of the 2015/16 World Sevens Series. But coach Ben Ryan and the players have done well in the third leg of the series and should be praised for what they have achieved so far.

With injuries taking their toll on the side, it would have been a different story, if first choice playmaker and series top points scorer Vatemo Ravouvou and elusive Amenoni Nasilasila had played in Vancouver.

Even vice-captain, Isake Katonibau was not in his best form after missing out the Las Vegas final, but that’s all water under the bridge for now.

We’ve to move on as we still lead the series with 106 points just ahead of South Africa 105 while the Kiwis are in third spot with 104. This is an indication that the series is getting tougher and tougher as we draw closer to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August.

The Vodafone Fijian 7s players have shown that they have what it takes to win the gold medal in Rio. Their comeback wins against Australia in the Las Vegas Sevens final and then followed by Kenya in their final pool match in Vancouver and the quarterfinal showdown against United States is a mark of a great team.

However, what is needed now is more hard work to be put in. We are not there as yet.

Every coach in the World Sevens Series – like Sir Gordon Tietjens, Mike Friday, Simon Amor, Neil Powell, Andy Friend – are keeping things under wrap. They are doing what’s only needed for now to help strengthen their team when it comes to the Olympics.

For our Osea Kolinisau-captained side what matters most now is to work hard on making every little things right.

All these little things will make a big difference when it comes to the crunch time in Rio.  For coach, Ryan he has done wonders by lifting our team’s performance as we have again become one of the heavyweights of world sevens rugby.

His job is made much easier from the support of the Fiji Rugby Union board and management.

With an Olympic gold medal within our reach, the onus is now with every Fijian-owned businesses and citizen to rise to the occasion. Support our Vodafone Fijian 7s team all the way to Rio. The olympic gold is ultimately what counts.

 

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