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Osea Bola: 7s Need A Shake

We may be the defending champions of the series but were made easy pickings and sitting targets because we blew hot and cold in our performance failing to play to the training plan.
03 Jan 2020 13:37
Osea Bola: 7s Need A Shake
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber.

We need to get serious and be smart about how we play in the remaining tournaments of the 2019-20 World Sevens Series.

Our players need to be taken to task for their error-ridden performance in the first two tournaments in Dubai and Cape Town.

And we hope our players will bring good tidings in the New Year starting with Hamilton Sevens on January 25-26 at the FMG Stadium in Waikato by putting on a show expected of them.

Our weaknesses were so glaring and well documented for the world to see last month.

We may be the defending champions of the series but were made easy pickings and sitting targets because we blew hot and cold in our performance failing to play to the training plan.

We may be the Olympic champions but we are likely to lose ownership of that gold medal in Tokyo based on the way we played in ‘sixes and sevens.’

Normally coaches get the blame as the men in charge because they ‘wear the results’, so to speak, for the disappointing performance.

But coaches are planners and their targets are to make sure that players execute their plan to the detail.

Coach Gareth Baber must be just as confused as fans on why we performed so poorly.

The team trained for a bang start in Dubai and ended up missing the Cup quarterfinals for the first time at The Sevens.

A week later our men failed to fire when it matters losing consecutively to New Zealand in the Cup semis and France for the 3rd place playoff.

Baber needs to act now and crack the whip on players who failed to play to plan.

And drop players who commit the same mistakes again and again as it hurts the team’s chances.

Perhaps it will make them learn and return better and smarter.

A major concern last month was discipline on the pitch and the problem remains with captain, Paula Dranisinukula, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Vilimoni Botitu, Meli Derenalagi, Waisea Nacuqu, Isoa Tabu, Kavekini Tabu, and Josua Vakurunabili all receiving yellow cards in the two tournaments.

The team returned to training yesterday and Baber needs to get tough and bring players into sync with the plan in place.

The players need not be reminded what’s needed and they must deliver in the remaining eight tournaments.

They need to play their individual roles to precision.

We are looking forward to the Hamilton 7s on January 25-26.

We expect a much better performance from the team. They have done it before and hope they make our day, getting the timing right before the Tokyo Olympics in July

Edited by Simione Haravanua

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