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Performance-based rugby

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, December 04, 2012

FORMER Fiji 7s coach Peni Veidreyaki has urged the Fiji Rugby Union 7s management to adopt the performance-based system rather than the trial-and-error system that is in place for the 2012/2013 HSBC Sevens World Series.

According to Veidreyaki wholesale changes should not have been made after the victory at the Gold Coast in October.

He said the morale of the team had dropped after being bundled out of the main competition in Dubai.

The Namoli man said a winning squad should not face many changes.

"The morale of the team would be down now after the losses in Dubai," Veidreyaki said.

"Fiji should have learnt after the win from Gold Coast and should have maintained the victorious players.

"The team should be performance-based rather than getting a whole new lot of players for each tournament. What we are having now is trial-and-error.

"They should have made one or two changes from Gold Coast and not seven. With all the changes we have not proven anything now," he said.

"The alarm bells should have been ringing when we just managed to beat Spain 14-0 in the pool play. The winning margins in the pool were very less.

"We have not been able maintain the momentum and consistency. This is a big headache for the coaching staff going into the South Africa 7s," said Veidreyaki.

Fiji was bundled out of the plate semi-final after being dumped by Wales 25-7.