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Team creates history

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, February 02, 2013

THE Digicel Fiji Sevens team created history but for the wrong reasons at the Wellington 7s tournament in New Zealand yesterday.

The national side for the first time in the history of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series was relegated to the bowl competition following two early losses in the pool play at the Westpac Stadium.

The Timoci Wainiqolo-coached side lost to Scotland 12-14 and then to Australia 12-21 in its pool play.

Gutted Wainiqolo said things did not work to their plan and they lost to better teams on the day.

"It's very disappointing to have lost two games and go out of the cup competition. The plan simply didn't work and it wasn't our day," the former Fiji rep said.

"We started well in both games but the players couldn't hold up together towards the end.

"We lost a lot of possession and our opponents capitalised on that."

Wainiqolo admitted the players failed to follow the game plan to play the ball out wide.

He said the team also lacked in defence as poor tackles saw the opponents scoring the wins in both games.

"We were supposed to play the ball out wide. It's hard to play in the middle because you get into the tackles all the time," Wainiqolo said.

"But this is a good lesson for us. The competition is getting tougher and the teams we couldn't expect are beating us."

Wainiqolo said the newcomers were "slow" and needed few more games at the international level to showcase their potential.





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