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It’s Now Or Never For The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team

Coach Gareth Baber doesn’t have a whole lot of time on hand, he has the players, so what is holding them back from playing for championship. Game time? I doubt it.
05 Mar 2019 12:50
It’s Now Or Never For The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s skipper Kalione Nasoko in full flight at the USA 7s in Las Vegas on March 4, 2019. Photo: Ian Muir

With the sixth-place finish at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas yesterday, it is now or never for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team.

Sitting third behind leaders USA and New Zealand on the World Sev­ens Series points table, the team needs to find a grand scheme if they’re to win the Canada Sevens at BC Place in Vancouver on the weekend.

And remain in the hunt for an overall series top finish, which is doable should the team win the remaining five legs and hope that both USA and New Zealand drop valuable points.

But it’s the consecutive Las Ve­gas losses, against Australia, final Pool D match, New Zealand, Cup quarterfinal, and England in the fifth-place final that has put a lot of stress on the team and fans are now beginning to question Fiji’s perfor­mance of late.

The simple ask is: Where is the storied Cape Town and Hamilton Sevens performance? Better put the team has relapsed after their two best outings.

The Sydney loss was attributed in part to indiscipline, Okay, move on. But the USA Sevens?

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What could go so wrong?

After thumping Scotland and Wales in the first of the two pool games, the team went into a recess, losing to Australia, New Zealand and England.

Coach Gareth Baber doesn’t have a whole lot of time on hand. He has the players, so what is holding them back from playing for champion­ship. Game time? I doubt it.

And the notion, inexperience had the team fail in some facets of the game is also up for argument and just as unjustifiable. Remember it is the very team that won the Cape Town and Hamilton Sevens.

I think it all comes down to the lack of tactical and technical lace, it’s clear from the matches against Australia, New Zealand and Eng­land.

Also, the lack of urgency, coordi­nation, combination and commu­nication on the part of the team, nothing else.

Baber must be made aware of the fact that time is of essence. He can’t just be taking a swipe at match of­ficials, line judges and challenge plays on the go, it’s not very Fijian or is it. With just four legs to go af­ter the Canada Sevens, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris, it is now or never.

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