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EDITORIAL:The Pain From Losses Could Be A New Beginning

Our Fijian Pearls have never before been beaten so soundly by the South African Proteas. Likewise our Vodafone Fijian Under-20 rugby players lost two matches in a row to lowly
10 Sep 2017 10:55
EDITORIAL:The Pain From Losses Could Be A New Beginning

Our Fijian Pearls have never before been beaten so soundly by the South African Proteas.

Likewise our Vodafone Fijian Under-20 rugby players lost two matches in a row to lowly rated Portugal and Uruguay in the World Rugby U20 Trophy competition in Montevideo. Much to the dismay of the faithful fans.

But in both cases, the remedy in the long run to ease the pain is simple … win.

The determination to change things around to winning ways is a powerful motivator that can turn outcomes around from failure to success, fame and stardom.

But first we must learn from defeat and plot our way up.

Everyone suffers from defeat now and again but it is what you do or think when you are defeated that makes the difference.

Some simply walk away and vow to never attempt to try again.

But we need to learn from our failures and improve to reach the next level.

Players and coaches play a big role in plotting back to winning ways and they must be aware and understand that they have the key to change and help people’s moods and feelings.

Fans want to wake up in the morning elated to be Fijians because national teams have done them proud.

Sadly this was not the case in the past weeks.

Firstly our Fijian Pearls got a rude awakening and were in a world of pain when they were totally outclassed in clinical fashion by South Africa 72-31 in the first test on Wednesday.

And while fans thought the Fijian Pearls would bounce back, the losing margin increased from 41 points to 47 in the second test; 83-36 on Friday. The teams were poles apart in terms of performance.

Despite the national team not playing internationals for the past two years, South Africa should be applauded for the eye-opener to the reality of where we stand.

It’s tough rebuilding but it’s the only way to move up if we are to reach the top.

The new beginning for the Pearls would be in the matchups next month when Wales host the Netball Europe Open Championships in Cardiff as part of their preparation for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast.

The Fijian Pearls, ranked seventh in the world, will be the guest team lined up against England (ranked third in the world ), Wales (8th ), Scotland (10th) and Northern Ireland (12th).

It’s a good platform to rebuild for the future.

And from that European venture, target to improve our standings at the world stage when we have a chance to redeem ourselves when we face South Africa and other top teams at the Commonwealth Games.

Sometimes we overrate our teams and lose perspective when we rate ourselves too highly.

But the South Africans last week have taught us a lesson we can all learn from.

Plotting to get back to winning ways would be the best remedy to ease the pain and the loss is what was needed to regroup and map out what needs to be done to achieve it.

The same applies to the Vodafone Fijian Under 20 side; after their return from Montevideo, the team needs to reassess their matches at the South American competition and chart out a route to overcome those weaknesses to get back to winning ways.

It may take time but starting to plan now to get back into the World Rugby Under 20 Championship by winning the trophy next year would have to be the next goal.

 

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