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Deliver, Learn: Baber

  While winning is important, it’s also crucial players deliver and learn from each game as they go on, says Gareth Baber. The Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach shared this
06 Feb 2017 11:00
Deliver, Learn: Baber
Vodafone Fijian 7s halfback Seremaia Tuwai runs away from New Zealand’s DJ Forbes and Tim Mikkelson in the Cup quarterfinals at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia yesterday. Photo: Bruce Southwick/Zoom Fiji

 

While winning is important, it’s also crucial players deliver and learn from each game as they go on, says Gareth Baber.

The Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach shared this after the disappointing 21-24 loss to New Zealand in the Cup quarterfinal at Allianz Stadium yesterday.

The Osea Kolinisau won the 5th place playoff defeating United States 35-12 to be third on the series standings with 64 points.

“For me, I need to keep the players going where they need to go in their performances,” Baber said.

“It’s not about hiding, it’s not about shying away from your responsibilities when things go wrong or when we lose a game, It’s about making sure they deliver and learn as they continue.

“I’m never happy with performances no matter the outcome because there are always things you can do to improve and move on.

“However, I am pleased with the level of commitment and work ethic the boys have shown. It is a big element of all you do as a professional player and I’m really happy with that.

“We got to keep learning and move forward, we lose but that’s all part of the game.

“The good thing is to not dwell on it but take it and turn it into something we can learn from.”

Baber admitted Fiji had no control of the ball in the second spell which cost them the game.

“They worked hard and obviously scored some great tries and defended very well but when the game is that tough New Zealand did something similar,” he said.

“There wasn’t much between the teams in the end of it. I think that just that last bit we couldn’t control the ball and New Zealand obviously capitalised on that.

“Discipline was a big thing for us to work on. Reducing to six men wasn’t good for us and close to the end we just gave away too much.

“It really wasn’t the outcome we expected but we do what we can and hopefully do better in future.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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