Letters To The Editor 17/04/2018

     Well Done Samuela Rareba, Suva Kudos to our Fiji Sevens men and women gladiators. Even though we may fall short in winning the prestig­ious Gold in the Commonwealth,
17 Apr 2018 13:19
Letters To The Editor 17/04/2018



 Well Done

Samuela Rareba, Suva

Kudos to our Fiji Sevens men and women gladiators.

Even though we may fall short in winning the prestig­ious Gold in the Commonwealth, but we still prove other nations we are still a team be reckon with in the world of sevens, either it is the women’s team or men’s team.

As for the women’s 7s team, they showed some excep­tional and extraordinary enthusiasm against the Olympic Gold medalist Australian side and it was a wonder to watch this upcoming Fijiana hold the fight till the last whistle.

As for the men’s team, thank you very much for the Sil­ver Medal but I guess the important part to acknowledge here is that Gold or no Gold, the main thing is that Hong Kong is in the pocket.

Vinaka Fiji Sevens.

Two Finals

  1. Shariff Shah, Savusavu

The Fiji Airways Fijian sevens team made us all very proud.

They won the Hong Kong sevens a days ago and played another final at Commonwealth. Congrats to all involved, Baber and families of all players for their sacrifices

It’s a marathon and World Rugby should look into giving a break other than killing the players on consecutive weeks. History proves that it’s impossible for any team to win back to back. I believe the interest in the game will decline if the trend continues.

Govt Cares

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Nadi

Another dynamic indiscriminative initiative by our Government was announced as the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama departed for London

Yes, the opposition provisional candidates and govern­ment critics can now help themselves with the adverts of the truth with factual official news on their social media sites after the government teams inspected all the affected areas in the Western Division from the wake of Tropical Cyclone Josie and Tropical Cyclone Keni.

Now those government critics can include in their social media pages that Mr Bainimarama will meet and dine with Her Majesty the Queen of England, the heads of the Commonwealth countries, he will meet with the Prince of Wales Prince Charles and the British PM and other dignitaries.

I would also like to ask our PM to please encourage the Prince of Wales to support the Fiji Rugby Union’s bid to the World 7s hierarchy in hosting a sevens leg in Fiji.

This is an important world meet for Mr Bainimarama as the COP23 President and I believe he will be in a very strong and better position to negotiate and bring home good news for all the many suffering Fijian families post TC Josie and TC Keni.

That aside, I feel that every right thinking Fijian here at home and those offshore will by now be very grateful to our PM for the Government’s latest announcement for the Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort (CARE) for Fiji that will holistically assist and alleviate the sufferings of all those that are still trying to pick up the pieces and recover from those damages.

Government initiatives for HOMES-CARE, FARMS-CARE, SUGARCANE-CARE, LEASEHOLDERS-CARE, WELFARE-CARE and e-Transport-CARE, this relief fund­ing’s were unheard of and should never be abused by any Fijian as this is the tax payers funds

This Government cares, it is considerate and compas­sionate; it is kind, unpretentious with a lot of humility and quiet strength, inclusive and indiscriminate in its approach to good governance at the national level.

Long live the FijiFirst party and its leadership.

Elusive gold

Tomasi Boginiso, Nasinu

All predictions of Fiji winning Gold didn’t become a real­ity after being beaten by a better side in the final.

Again it was the discipline that was the turning point of the game and not forgetting how New Zealand has been preparing for this event.

Fiji had a tough game against South Africa and they gave their best in that game playing extra minutes.

For the first and in a long time, Fiji was scoreless in a game.

As I had predicted, Fiji had been winning only 1 tourna­ment per leg, and it has been proven if this was a world sevens series leg.

But for our boys what two weeks it was and now we have to wait for another four years to get hold of that gold medal.

Our boy’s great outburst, hard tackling, ball handling, brick wall defence and robust speed had the Kiwis from the starting to the end, but the miss tackles gave the Kiwis opportunities to score tries, and they controlled the game at the dying moments of the game.

Fiji on the other end when holding onto the ball seemed to fumble every time they made a move and the Kiwis always capitalised on it.

Do not write Fiji off yet as the Sevens Series is still on site and the Sevens World Cup just a distance away.

Our boys will be frustrated with the loss but its all his­tory now and should focus only on what’s ahead of them now.

For the whole of Fiji, we should thank the boys for the effort and welcome them home in great spirits.

Thank you boys for the great game and we are with you all the way no matter what happens.


Silver Medal

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

Our Fiji Airways Fijian Sevens team did not catch that elusive Commonwealth Games 7s gold medal but our boys should hold their heads high for the glorious silver medal they won.

The four big nations Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa did not send their number one team to Hong Kong for obvious reasons. Yet Fiji did not follow suit, but sent its best to Hong Kong, won the tournament and attempted to win the elusive Commonwealth Games 7s gold the following week.

The difference could be seen in the performance of the above rested four teams with three topping its pool with Fiji and qualifying for the semi-final.

Our boys did well to boot out rested South Africa in extra time but lost the elusive gold medal to rested New Zealand in the final.

Just by reaching the final, our boys have shown the four big Commonwealth Nations that they are a true champion side, going through the hard yards in Hong Kong last week and flying over to Gold Coast,

Australia to catch that elusive gold the following week. Maybe next time, we will copy what the big four did but right now; Coach Baber, Captain Jerry Tuwai and the boys; you are true champions in our hearts for achieving the glorious silver medal. Go Fiji Go.

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