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World 7s Series: Baber Stresses On Better Performance After Defeat

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber stressed they need to learn from defeat to better performance for the future.
05 Dec 2019 15:24
World 7s Series: Baber Stresses On Better Performance After Defeat
Gareth Baber.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber stressed they need to learn from defeat to better performance for the future.

As the team prepares for the match against Japan tomorrow in the opening round of the 2019-20 World Seven Series, Baber has stressed whether they win or lose, they will not respond to it differently.

Baber added it is important in any sport to be open-minded and take those losses as a lesson.

“As your planning comes together, it is the first test and it is a good measure of where you are,” Baber said.

“That is where you want to see the response from players and staff that you are on the right line.

“As we witnessed in the last couple of seasons, now the ability is to learn and quickly develop particularly from losses

“I think the intention has always been to win and winning emotionally makes you feel good.

“But when you don’t get what you want at a tournament, it poses a time of reflection and a time of questioning.

“With good coaches, good players around you, you are willing to looking at them at how to do things better.

“And win or lose, we won’t have a different response should we win or not get what we want out of it we will still look at how we can develop next time.”

Baber is aware there are 15 other teams who are all in the same position gunning for form.

“The position as reigning world champions is now gone and now we move on,” he added.

Competition Intensifies

Baber highlighted competition for places among the players would help boost on-field performance.

Baber, who will name his 12 players today, said the level of respect among players has never changed.

“The intention is to get the best out of everybody and anybody who has been part of our group, environment and team within the sevens, are here to add value,” Baber said.

“I don’t believe in looking back, I believe in looking forward and when you are guiding young men in an international sport, one of the biggest things you can ask from them is the competition for places.

“They respect each other, they respect the process and most of all they also understand that it is not about them, it is about the bigger goal for Fiji.”

Baber added the team has acclimatized well since they arrived.

“The message is simple that we need to deliver.”

Baber said all payers are fit.

Edited by Osea Bola

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