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Tanivula: Learn And Move On

Telecom Fijiana 7s coach Iliesa Tanivula was disappointed with how they finished on the first day of the Women’s Sevens Series at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia. The Fijiana
04 Feb 2017 11:00
Tanivula: Learn And Move On
Telecom Fijiana 7s captain Ana Maria Roqica on attack against Brazil yesterday. Photo: Bruce Southwick/Zoomfiji

Telecom Fijiana 7s coach Iliesa Tanivula was disappointed with how they finished on the first day of the Women’s Sevens Series at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

The Fijiana managed to qualify for today’s Cup quarterfinals as being the third best placed team and are to play the Australians again.

Upset by the 26-17 loss last night to the Aussies, an emotional Tanivula said they could only learn from their games and that it is not the end of the world.

“We know our potential,” he told SUNsports.

“We have been to Dubai and the girls really worked hard but we just got to take it on the chin and move on. We need to forget about what happened today and just focus on finishing the best way we can. There were high hopes but it is not the end of the world because there are other legs. This is not the way we wanted to finish the first day but we cannot turn back the time. I know the girls are disappointed and the fans are disappointed but the girls did their best and that is all we could ask for.”

With the players sacrifice to train over the festive season last year and their commitment, Tanivula says, it was upsetting to see the outcome of the games.

Ana Naimasi’s alleged high tackle copped a yellow card in the second half which reduced Fijiana to six players.

Tanivula admitted that he thought they were treated a little unfairly on the field.

“Proud of the girls even though we lost, we pushed them to do the best they could. I’m disappointed, the girls put a lot of energy into it but it is what it is, that’s life you win some and you lose some. I thought we got treated unfairly especially with that card in the second half. However, I couldn’t have asked more from the girls and they are upset as well about the outcome but like I said, it is what it is,” he added.

 

RESULTS: England 19-10 Spain, Russia 19-10 USA, Fijiana 12-19 Ireland, Australia 24-7 Brazil, Canada 26-5 France, New Zealand 34-5 PNG, England 14-22 USA, Russia 24-5 Spain, Fijiana 31-10 Brazil, Australia 29-0 Ireland, Canada 39-5 PNG, New Zealand 14-12 France, Spain 5-20 USA, Russia 31-5 England, Ireland 33-5 Brazil, France 31-10 PNG, New Zealand 24-5 Canada

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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