Where we went wrong

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Tuesday, January 30, 2018
A quiet and disappointing 7s weekend for many!
Amenoni Nasilasila is stopped by USA flyer Carlin Isles in the Cup quarter-final match in Sydney. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU
Amenoni Nasilasila is stopped by USA flyer Carlin Isles in the Cup quarter-final match in Sydney. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

After a superb start, our boys melted in the Sydney heat when it mattered the most.

There were high expectations and the crowd in Sydney was marvellous. Renowned commentator Keith Quinn was right in saying that if you want to beat Fiji, beat them in their opening game because that's when they are finding their form.

USA did exactly that. Amor's plan to deny our boys possession worked in their favour as USA won the restarts, were clinical at breakdown and Niua, Baker, Barrett and Iosefo toyed around with our defenders. It was a sad sight watching the way our boys were made to run around and when the going got tough Fiji made crucial errors.

The performance against USA was not what we put up against the All Blacks in our final pool match. However, against Kenya Fiji played well and showed glimpses of aggressiveness at the breakdown, speed and accuracy and I thought we had regrouped but I was wrong in the battle for fifth place as NZ hit us left, right and centre.

Fiji was without possession and the Kiwis took a handy lead much to everyone's shock.

We were thrashed. Lack of guidance, leadership and communication, missed tackles, inability to connect passes, giving away possession, aimless kicking, high penalty turnover and crumbling under pressure were evident in the match against NZ.

Questions were asked about the game plan and our fitness levels.

Our boys looked tired and seemed to have run out of ideas. On the other hand, Shah from Savusavu hit the nail right when he mentioned that our boys must keep possession and do the basics right.

Let's get to the drawing board and work on our mistakes. Hamilton 7s looks a distance but it's not over.

Likewise, the WRSS title seems beyond our reach as Africa takes a massive 18 point lead. Fiji is ranked fifth behind Argentina and Australia. Baber and the boys have a huge mountain ahead of them.

It's going to be very tough but we will continue supporting the boys. I am sure that Fijians will flood Hamilton this weekend despite the disappointment in Sydney. Like all other ardent fans I'm wondering where we went wrong!

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