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Play Hard and Smart, Errors Costly And Spoil Our Game

It’s now a weekly occurrence tarnishing the image of our top provincial Skipper Cup Premiership competition. Red cards are now becoming a norm at Thomson Park, Navua. For the fourth time in a row, apart from the yellow cards, players are being given the marching orders for taking the law into their own hands.
27 May 2019 13:01
Play Hard and Smart, Errors Costly And Spoil Our Game
Namosi halfback Seru Vularika (left) is shown a red card for a dangerous tackle during their Skipper Cup Premier against Tailevu at Thompson Park, Navua on May 4, 2019.. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Editorial:

It’s an established fact that nobody is perfect.

Therefore, making mistakes are part of human nature.

It’s part of the parcel and has a lot of bearing on how we live our lives on a daily basis.

It’s therefore crucial that we need to learn from our mistakes to avoid more falls if we are to make a better impression in the future.

Our rugby players are used to playing high tempo games and therefore copped a lot of flak for being on the wrong side of the law by match officials.

At times we survived the shortfall by delivering the desired outcomes in the end.

A case in point is our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team currently playing in the 2018-19 World Sevens Series in London.

Yesterday we go on record as the team which committed the most errors (138) in the series.

We are also the team which got the most yellow cards (27) and most red cards (2) in the series. Astonishingly apart from all that, we are second and three points (142) behind leaders United States.

We have every chance to top the standings in London today as we are destined, barring upsets, to meet USA in the semifinal.

But we would have been in pole position even before Twickenham if we committed less errors in the 20-19 defeat to South Africa in the Cup final in Singapore last month.

Even before that, its mistakes that cost us winning the World Sevens Series, Rugby Sevens World Cup and the elusive gold medal at Commonwealth Games in Gold, Australia last year

Fijian Latui Progress

Under the same token, our Swire Shipping Fijian Latui continues to impress on the Global Rapid Rugby tournament.

The Mosese Voka–captained side defeated Kagifa Samoa in the last minute with a try to Ifereimi Tovilevu despite two players being yellow carded two weeks ago.

And last Saturday, Voka was yellow carded in their first loss to an in-form Western Force.

Under Coach Senirusi Seruvakula, our local boys need to learn the hard and smart way to be better players and making the cut for Fiji Airways Flying Fijians at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan September.

Thomson Park a Red Zone

It’s now a weekly occurrence tarnishing the image of our top provincial Skipper Cup Premiership competition.

Red cards are now becoming a norm at Thomson Park, Navua.

For the fourth time in a row, apart from the yellow cards, players are being given the marching orders for taking the law into their own hands.

On Saturday Namosi gave away the win to Nadroga after controlling the game.

Things took a nasty turn in the 64th minute when Namosi lock forward Vaione Tegu was red carded for punching Nadroga’s Emosi Vucago, leaving the halfback with a bloodied face.

Tegu had to be restrained by his teammates when he made a dash for the linesman who had pointed out the incident to the referee.

At that point, Namosi were leading 18-17, but let the lead slip away after losing a player 16 minutes from fulltime.

Players need to learn play by the rules at all times. Rugby is our national game and the last thing we want is thugs spoiling it.

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