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Fans Need Stay Faithful

A chorus of criticism made its round on social media following Fiji Air­ways 7s Cup quarterfinal loss to USA in the first leg of the World Sevens Series in Dubai.
16 Dec 2018 11:33
Fans Need Stay Faithful
The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team with USA 7s team walks out of the tunnel during the Cape Town 7s final . Photo: World Rugby

A chorus of criticism made its round on social media following Fiji Air­ways 7s Cup quarterfinal loss to USA in the first leg of the World Sevens Series in Dubai.

We saw it coming, as this seems to have become a trend among the sports fervent every time the team losses.

But the moment the team goes on to win a tournament, the tide changes, such was the case when Fiji vanquished USA 29-15 to win the Cape Town Sevens, the likes jumped on the celebration wagon singing praises.

Many Fiji sports forums and I must admit, the reputables with over 100 to 150 thousand subscribers, among other things, made a crying call for coach Ga­reth Baber’s removal and even challenged the players’ selection.

What the fans need to fully understand is that patience is the key to garner the desired results.

It takes time for individuals to gel in a team sport, and when new players make the run on the team, patience is by far the most important ingredient to develop technically proficient and accomplished athletes.

Meli Derelagi, Vilimone Botitu and Aminiasi Tuimaba, held on their own on debut tournament but did they ever stepped in and stepped up in South Africa to help end the 13-year jinx.

These players will only develop and ma­ture athletically, technically, and tactical­ly at different pace of the game.

All they need to focus is on work hard, pay attention to detail, and compete to be­come better over time.

And with season veterans like, Ser­emaia Tuwai, Kaliono Nasoko, Sevu­loni Mocenecagi,Vatemo Ravouvou and Amenoni Nasilasila, they sure have guid­ance over the long term.

For those, who are quick to ridicule the team, it is said, patience is very important than you might think.

Not only does patience help you manage any unwanted emotions you might expe­rience, it also helps players on the pitch, helps them stay focused as they don’t crit­icisms to worry about.

It also builds confidence and have the coach confide in their ability.

Cape Town Sevens has helped coach Ga­reth Baber find a niche, he needs to build up on it here on and maintain it through­out the remaining eight tournaments.

The team needs to replicate the Cape Town Sevens performance all over again starting at Hamilton Sevens, it is what got the team all revved up last year and set in motion the quadruple title haul.

Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore and London Sevens had Fijians enjoy the run, except that Sin City, Las Vegas Sevens that stood on the way.

The long series can make the followers restless and anxious at times.

But they need to appreciate the impor­tance of staying patient.

Patience is a virtue.

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