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Serevi: Keep Believing

As it turned out, double loss had befallen the team, 5-17 to New Zealand in the Cup quarterfinals and USA obliterated 40-14 in the fifth place matchup.
11 Mar 2020 14:39
Serevi: Keep Believing
Sevens maestro Waisale Ser­evi.

Sevens legend Waisale Serevi admitted the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team was hurting but urged fans to remain loyal.

“The team missed Aminiasi Tuimaba and Livai Ikanikoda. Tuimaba’s grandfather passed away and he had to leave for Fiji, he was missed on the wing,”Serevi said.

“People kept asking me about Fiji’s performance, I told them we rather lose on Saturday than Sunday.”

As it turned out, double loss had befallen the team, 5-17 to New Zealand in the Cup quarterfinals and USA obliterated 40-14 in the fifth place matchup.

“We win some, we lose some. We just got to keep believing,” Serevi said.

“I know it’s not the result the fans wanted but keep supporting.”

Fans visibly upset

Fans were visibly upset at Fiji Airways Fijian 7s weekend performance at the Canada Sevens.

Hordes at the BC Place Stadium felt the team appeared battered and bruised after the Los Angeles Sevens the previous weekend and were far short on creativity, style and lacked punch.

Marquees, like captain Meli Derenalagi, Seremaia  Tuwai, Vilimoni Botitu and Sevuloni Mocenacagi, they say failed to bring the best out in them.

Jovesa Tuicakau, who is a reputable Vancouver Island sevens coach, was less impressed with the overall performance of the team and feels for the fans.

“Fiji didn’t bring its Sydney and LA Sevens form,” he said.

“Let’s just be honest the entire team failed to show up, fans expected better.

“Wales game was the tipping point, Canada loss was demoralizing, there on Fiji was pretty ordinary.”

Star Treatment

He said for a special group of fans, the performance is far more painful than others, these are those who have been gifting the players in the thousands in the last two years.

“You would think the players would rise up and play their hearts out in exchange for all the cash, kinds and the gifts they receive,” Tuicakau said.

“Where else on the circuit these players get the star treatment.

“Last two years has been a disastrous for the group, let alone the diehards”.

Head coach Gareth Baber said Canada Sevens was a sad campaign, not the position they wanted to be in.

“Huge fans support in Vancouver, we didn’t get the desired result.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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