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Criticisms Helped Us

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Seremaia Tuwai yesterday admitted that the criticisms levelled against them after Sydney 7s provided the motivation to lift the inaugural Hamilton 7s title. The Fijians
06 Feb 2018 11:00
Criticisms Helped Us
Fiji Airways Fijian 7’s team with the Hamilton 7s Cup at the Nadi International Airport on February 6, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Seremaia Tuwai yesterday admitted that the criticisms levelled against them after Sydney 7s provided the motivation to lift the inaugural Hamilton 7s title.

The Fijians defeated South Africa 24-17 in the cup final and despite the criticisms, he was happy for the support people showed at Nadi International Airport yesterday.

Trying to hold back his tears, Tuwai said people had always criticised them in the past even leading up to the Olympics.

“For us it’s nothing new, those were old comments to us and it has been happening to us until now. We don’t care what they said about us and we will continue to make Fiji proud,” he said.

The team management constantly updated the team on issues affecting them, including personal criticism mainly on social media on individual performances.

But there were instances where family members relayed messages to the players that were insulting and degrading.

Tuwai said their team consisted of young boys and team bonding was one his main priorities.

According to their performance last year, he said one of their aims was to win the Syd­ney Sevens. Unfortunately they didn’t make it.

“Before we got into the field, I told the boys that it was our night before flying back home.

“I told them not to be discouraged by what people say about us, we are the team who will play on the field, not those that were criticising us,” Tuwai said.

Tuwai was also encountered with family challenges but that didn’t deter him from carrying the baton of leadership.

“My grandfather died and my little son got sick so I had to miss one week of training but it was all about the mind, I just put that aside and got ready for the battle,” he said.

He plans to spend time with his family be­fore marching into camp to prepare for the Las Vegas Sevens next month.

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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