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Learn From Failure To Avoid Choking On 7s Series Deciders

This weekend we are going in three points behind United States (145) and are almost in pole position to be the top contenders for the series title.
20 May 2019 12:21
Learn From Failure To Avoid Choking On 7s Series Deciders

Editorial:

An important lesson in history is instead of delving on past successes, it is equally important that we learn from our failures if we are to become better individuals or team players in the future.

Many are of the belief that the biggest fear is failing and learning from failure. Perhaps this is one of the contributing reasons why we only won three times since the World Sevens Series started in 1999.

And as far as our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team is concerned, our past success matters little now as we prepare to defend the London Sevens in Twickenham this weekend.

A win should put the Paula Dranisinukula-captained side in good stead to win the 2018-19 World Sevens Series title in Paris next weekend.

Interestingly, we were somewhat in a similar situation last year. But we ended up getting choked when push came to shove in high-pressure situations. We were on the verge of winning the title last year going into Paris after winning 5 out of the 10 tournaments, but we buckled giving the title away to South Africa.

This weekend we are going in three points behind United States (145) and are almost in pole position to be the top contenders for the series title.

But first we need to avoid the choke in Twickenham by playing our cards right from the start during our pool games against Kenya, France and Samoa.

The majority of our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad members know how to excel on the global 7s stage.

But at the same time, the same group of players are the ones who lost to South Africa in the Cup final of the Singapore 7s last month after leading 19-0 at halftime, to lose 19-20 in the end. The Blitzboks staged an amazing comeback, leaving Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell speechless.

We need to learn from the defeat to avoid a repeat of the Singapore debacle.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber will fly out today to join the team and he has the firepower in the squad to deliver results.

With the support of assistant coach Kane Jury, physiotherapist William Kwoong, strength and conditioning coach Naca Cawanibuka and mentor Tomasi Cama Snr, the team is in good and capable hands to do us proud.

We have not scored a major win since the gold medal victory at the 2016 Rio Olympics. We missed out on the Commonwealth Games and Rugby Sevens World Cup and winning the 2018-19 World Sevens Series title should provide a good platform as we prepare to defend the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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