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Unlucky Not To Win One: Kolinisau

Vodafone Fijian 7s skipper Osea Kolinisau said the team was starting to find their rhythm again and gel as a team during the first leg of the World Sevens Series.
15 Dec 2016 14:59
Unlucky Not To Win One: Kolinisau
Vodafone sponsorship manager Adriu Vakarau (second from right) presenting the cheque to Vodafone Fijian 7s team skipper Osea Kolinisau at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan

Vodafone Fijian 7s skipper Osea Kolinisau said the team was starting to find their rhythm again and gel as a team during the first leg of the World Sevens Series.

He said the team had picked up from mistakes and “hopefully we grow and learn” after the completion of the Dubai-Cape Town tournaments.

Kolinisau and the team arrived back yesterday after losing to South Africa in the final in Dubai and fifth in Cape Town.

“We have the right mindset in grooming the young players with the more experienced ones,” Kolinisau said.

“We cannot throw a whole set of new players into a tournament so we need the older heads to bring them into the system and the culture of the game.

“We were unlucky not to get a win in the two tournaments.

“In Dubai, against South Africa, we had more scoring opportunities in the second half but we did not capitalise on our chances.”

Kolinisau said the game could have gone either way.

“In Cape Town, we were unlucky again this time losing to England in extra time. And England proved to be a good side as they went on to win the tournament.

“They are consistent because they have been together for two to three years now.”

Kolinisu said he was proud of the way the new boys stood out and the older members who had rejoined, performed.

Team manager Ropate Kauvesi said the two new players Setareki Bituniyata and Kalione Nasoko had blended in well with the rest of the team.

He said former stars that had returned, Joeli Lutumailagi and Nemani Nagusa had performed well.

“The series is still there for the taking as it is only the first leg we have completed,”Kauvesi said

“Looking at Wellington, we have to now step up a gear in our performance.”

He said the pressure of being number one would always be on the team but that in some way, the pressure was released in the Cup quarterfinals loss to England in Cape Town.

However, Kauvesi said Fiji must keep up their performance and bounced back in the second leg in Wellington-Sydney.

Edited by Osea Bola

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