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Savou points out downfall

Josefa Makaba
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

TOO many changes in the team and the different styles of the two coaches are the cause of our downfall in the last leg of the IRB Sevens World Series tournaments.

That's the view of former national sevens coach Josateki Savou as he reviews the team's performance in the Dubai and South Africa leg of the series.

Savou said he believed there were just too many changes in the selection of the national team.

He said playing in top competitions like the IRB series was not the platform to test or try out new players.

"By saying this, I mean we can still send our new players to play in top club sevens competitions overseas," Savou said.

"From playing in competitions like that the coaches can find out which player has what is needed to play in the IRB series."

Savou cited the example of local clubs Wardens, Tokatoka Westfield Babas and Davetalevu playing in top sevens tournaments overseas.

"The coaches can use those tournaments to test their players out before sending them to the IRB series."

Savou, who is now based in the Solomons, said another weakness he managed to identify was the different styles used by the coaches in Gold Coast and the Dubai/South Africa leg

"If we have a different coaching pattern or game-plan for a different team, than the players will find it difficult to understand."

Former Wardens coach Timoci Wainiqolo took the team to Gold Coast while head coach Alifereti Dere was in charge of the team to Dubai and South Africa.

But Savou is still confident that the Digicel national sevens team can still win the current IRB series.

"We need to get our best players from Gold Coast plus the best from the last leg and build on it for the next two tournaments.

"In order to win the series, we need to play in most finals and try and win as many tournaments as we can," Savou said.

Savou, who started his career as Wardens coach, says he wants Wainiqolo and Dere to forget about the loss in the last two tournaments and focus on Wellington and the remainder of the series.

"The two needs to sit and talk about the reasons behind the poor performance in Dubai and South Africa and also discuss the best pattern that suits the team.

"They just need to take the best players available to Wellington.

"And they need to improve on their defence particularly when tackling," Savou said.

"We have the players that we need but the selectors need to select the right ones for the job."

The Digicel national sevens team arrives at the Nadi International Airport this morning from South Africa.





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