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Coach: team overconfident

Rashneel Kumar, In Wellington
Saturday, February 02, 2013

COACH Timoci Wainiqolo admitted overconfidence in the team blew their chances of making a perfect start at the Wellington Sevens tournament at Westpac Stadium yesterday.

Fiji started well in the match in both halves through Manueli Laqai and Samisoni Viriviri's tries at each half but were unable to put up a good show in the remainder of the game.

The national side was shocked 12-14 much to the disappointment of fans at the stadium and back home.

Wainiqolo said the side simply did not click in their opening match of the tournament.

"Yes I think confidence was a factor as players underestimated Scotland in that match," he said.

"We are disappointed with the loss but we hope to regroup and bounce back stronger and better."

Skipper Setefano Cakau said no one was to be blamed for the loss.

He said the team had the chances but blew it to some wrong options on the field.

"We gave them the space to play and it was our mistake all throughout. We can't blame anyone for this loss," Cakau said.

Playmaker Joji Ragamate said they lost concentration during the game and were not able to function as a team.

"Scotland capitalised on our mistakes and scored," he said.

Former Fiji 7s assistant coach and now Tongan team mentor Etuate Waqa quipped the players were slow to go out wide to create chances of scoring the tries.

Meanwhile, Jasa Veremalua was the only player who did not feature in the match against Scotland.





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