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Nightmare In Paris

  The Vodafone Fijian 7s team suffered one of their worst defeats in the World Sevens Series after losing to Scotland 24-0 in the Cup quarterfinal of the Paris 7s
15 May 2017 10:50
Nightmare In Paris
Vodafone Fijian 7s prop Kalione Nasoko on the attack against Scotland during the Paris 7s Cup quarterfinals on May 14, 2017. Photo: Ian Muir

 

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team suffered one of their worst defeats in the World Sevens Series after losing to Scotland 24-0 in the Cup quarterfinal of the Paris 7s last night.

Scotland ended their 13-match sequence without a win against Fiji recording their best result against the Olympic and World Sevens Series defending champions.

In sevens, there is slender margin or little room for error and players need to follow the processes and the result will take care of themselves.

The Scots did this to almost near perfection while the Fijians provided an error-ridden display.

While the objective of the tournament was to build the team for the future, players hardly learn anything when they get smashed in the process.

Losing is part of the game but to go down scoreless showed that something is drastically out of order after good wins over Russia (54-0) and Australia (31-14).

A mental step up rather than a physical one is required in order to turn the game around. But the Fijians failed to crank into gear and were clueless in offence and defence.

It was definitely the weekend of the bravehearts of Scotland who got everything right from the start.

Fiji played a sloppy game and never got into gear in the first half and missed a number of tackles allowing Scotland to take charge.

James Martin Richard Farndale and Mark Robertson scored a try each for the Scots to lead 12-0 at halftime.

Mistakes and indecisions continued to plague the Fijians game in the second half.

Coach Gareth Baber’s instructions at halftime to be more careful with the ball because of the wet conditions were not adhered to.

The sloppy display and poor defence allowed Scotland to punish the Fijians as Farndale and Robertson score a try each to end the game 24-0.

Robertson said they played one of their best games so far and will hope to keep the momentum.

“You know what sevens is like but we have some great individuals in the team with real pace, ball players and some big players,” Robertson told World Rugby.

“We are a tight group, we have only missed out on small margins, but hopefully we can carry it on.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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