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We Lack Confidence: Cracknell

The Telecom Fijiana team finished eighth in the Atlanta 7s after succumbing to France 28-0 at the Fifth Third Bank Stadium, USA yesterday. Earlier on the Iliesa Tanivula coached- side
11 Apr 2016 12:55
We Lack Confidence: Cracknell
Telecom Fijiana captain, Ana Maria Roqica (with ball), on attack against Canada during their Cup quarterfinals in Atlanta yesterday. The Fijiana side lost 0-29. Photo: World Rugby

The Telecom Fijiana team finished eighth in the Atlanta 7s after succumbing to France 28-0 at the Fifth Third Bank Stadium, USA yesterday.

Earlier on the Iliesa Tanivula coached- side were thrashed 29-0 by Canada in the Cup quarterfinals before going down to an improved USA side 38-0 in the Plate semi-finals.

Fiji Rugby Women’s coaching director Chris Cracknell said that despite the score lines, the team are in a better place compared to São Paulo and did not give  other teams an easy game.

“We played all weekend without the ball and made other teams work hard to score against us and our shape was looking better in defence and no one scored easy,” Cracknell said.

“Our game against Canada, we let them in by not claiming the restarts at the beginning of the game and they are too good of a side to let in the door like that.

“And against France we were well in contention at half time and starting to look like our old selves just sadly never got over the white wash and weren’t able to build on anything.”

Cracknell said he is proud of what they have achieved as they would now focus on next weekend’s Langford 7s in Canada.

“I firmly believe in these girls and their talents, their fitness are higher than ever and defensively they look better than last time.

“We just need to click in attack and rebuild their confidence on the pitch in training this week. I’m proud of them for never giving up.

“They still have the making of a great team but as myself and Iliesa Tanivula have discussed these last two days, they just need to believe and see what we see in them.”

Fiji sits on eighth position on the Women’s Sevens Series points table with 24 points.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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