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Baber: We will fight on

  Gareth Baber says winning titles are not always important with young and new players in the Vodafone Fijian 7s squad. But it is crucial they develop into the best
23 Mar 2017 11:00
Baber: We will fight on

 

Gareth Baber says winning titles are not always important with young and new players in the Vodafone Fijian 7s squad.

But it is crucial they develop into the best athletes they can be.

The Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach made the comment as Fiji prepares for the Hong Kong-Singapore leg of the World Sevens Series.

After the Las Vegas-Vancouver, Fiji is  in third place with 103 points with four tournaments remaining.

Baber said despite the mammoth task ahead, they will continue to fight.

“We fight for everything, it is not about necessarily titles all the time,” Baber said.

“We’ve players coming in, some who for the first time have been involved in things like this, so it is important to see that they scrap and fight for everything that they get at this level and make sure they get the best out of themselves as performers.”

Reflecting back on the match Baber not only admitted that the team was “hurt and embarrassed” by the loss but he apologised to the people of Fiji for not living up to their expectations.

“We are obviously disappointed about the results so far, we had our sights set on reaching the finals, and it’s been a huge disappointment in the player and coaching perspective,” he said.

“You get one or two things wrong and the other team can make you look silly and obviously we were hurt and embarrassed in that game against England.

“We are very disappointed and I apologise obviously to everyone in Fiji. We are desperately working hard to try and make sure that we keep developing and keep faith with us.

“There are new players in the team, they learn huge amounts when they are situations like the one we were in when we faced England in Vancouver.

“That is how they grow as players and certainly seen the responses in the game against the USA especially from young men like Mesulame Kunavula who is 20 years of age and has held himself impeccably in terms of his behaviour.

“How he has helped everyone and what he brings in character is superb, and him experiencing Vancouver will help him out enormously.

“Our results have helped me to build a team, when you take hits like this, you look at why and how you need to develop and it obviously gives me a clear indication of what we need to do.

“Obviously as a coach in all this it is my responsibility and I apologise for the results we had but you know it is the reality of the level of competition that we are playing.”

Baber has called on the support from the public to keep backing the team adding “we will do our best for you all the time.”

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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