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Mental fitness important

Emoni Narawa
Friday, February 03, 2012

DECISION-making on the rugby paddock is a crucial part of the game.

Picking the right options and making the right choices can prove to be expensive while playing the shorter and faster version of rugby.

At today's HSBC IRB Sevens World Series in Wellington, we will figure out how vital decision-making will be for the 16 participating teams and the result of their decisions and choices during each 14-minute rugby match at Wellington's Cake Tin.

For the Digicel Fiji sevens team, this will be a challenge each player will face during the pool stages and leading up to the eliminations.

The new boys Sekonaia Kalou, Waisea Nayacalevu, Avenisi Vasuinubu, Lepani Botia and Jone Ragamate Tiko will bank on the experienced players to help them make the right decisions on the field.

Senior players like Emosi Vucago, Setefano Cakau and Osea Kolinisau will shoulder the task of guiding the pack. And with the talented Metuisela Talebula and Taniela Rawaqa, the new reps should have no problems in adapting to the atmosphere of the game.

That is where mental fitness is crucial. New Zealand veteran mentor Gordon Tietjens once said that when the going gets tough, mental fitness would help the tough get going. Fiji sevens team manager Semi Rogoyawa said they had talked to the players about their decision-making on the field.

He said the players were physically ready for battle. "At this stage, mental fitness is very crucial to the team. They are all fit and well but if the players are mentally fit, this will help them make the right decision on the field."

"Whatever they decide or whatever options they take will either determine a win or lose so it is very crucial that the boys choose to make the right move on the field," he said.

Rogoyawa said they took the new players to the stadium, to have a site feeling of the atmosphere at Cake Tin.

"We took the players to the stadium to have an imaginary feeling of what the stadium will be for the two days of rugby," he said.

Fiji takes on Argentina in its first game at 12.44pm before playing Tonga and Wales in its final pool matches.

Past winners (Source: IRB)

2000 Fiji 24-New Zealand 14

2001 Australia 19-Fiji 17

2002 South Africa 17-Samoa 14

2003 New Zealand 38-England 26

2004 New Zealand 33-Fiji 15

2005 New Zealand 31-Argentina 7

2006 Fiji 27-South Africa 22

2007 Samoa 17-Fiji 14

2008 New Zealand 22-Samoa 17

2009 England 19-New Zealand 17

2010 Fiji 19-Samoa 14

2011 New Zealand 29-England 14





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