NATURALLY, rugby fans will be disappointed but we should not be unless we have lost all pool games in the Rugby Sevens World Cup.
We must not lose focus of the prime goal we are hunting, the Melrose Cup.
Patience is the greatest virtue of a hunter. The last thing we need is panic.
75 per cent of what we need to win is already there and the loss last weekend just made it 85 per cent if you add motivation. The best way to motivate a Fijian is to prick his pride and the job of the officials is to build a bonding so that the team is in it together and allow the players to voice their thoughts.
Let them talk and grow up from the loss and use it as a motivational tool to avenge the loss on the same opponents Scotland this weekend in Las Vegas.
We have just been whipped badly in a battle but we have not lost the war.
Our national sevens coaches and trainers are rebuilding a side to win the world cup not the Wellington Sevens so let's just be patient.
The last thing we need is wholesale changes.
Emosi Mulevoro will certainly make a difference if he joins the side.
According to our trainers our players are at level 11 on the beep test and by the time we reach Russia, we should be expected to have reached level 15.
The way our boys performed last week was according to the level of fitness they have been trained to achieve.
We can deduce from the pace of the games by teams like Scotland, Kenya and England that they are almost hitting level 13, and 14 or even 15.
They have the money and facilities to keep the players in camps to maintain multi-peak programs.
Losing for the first time in a bowl is no big deal given the level of competition we face.
Sevens rugby is no longer a recreational or off-season game, it is the toughest game on earth and the Olympic gold medal is the ultimate prize every team is hunting for.
Reputation of being sevens masters of past years does not count. It is every dog for himself.
Every coach of the sevens team believes he has a chance of winning the world cup or a medal in the Olympics.
This is after Wales became the surprise world champions in 2009 after the major sevens powers eliminated each other.
Former world champion England played in three bowl competition in the last three tournaments but used the same players and worked hard in the past two months to achieve what they did in Wellington.
They beat New Zealand in the pool and beat Kenya in extra time to win the tournament.
At the moment we are the sleeping giants of sevens rugby.
The current team is yet to develop combinations and they should be allowed to do so in the remaining legs of the competition.
But we need the ball-winning magic of players like Sekonaia Kalou and Leone Nakarawa.
The lineout and kick offs are still not secured and Kalou was outstanding in last year's Wellington sevens because of his aerial skills.
Also coach Timoci Wainiqolo should not rely too much on injured Joji Raqamate and give him some rest and let him in at halftime. He has not fully recovered and it might affect him in the long run when he is wanted most in the world cup.
Samisoni Viriviri plays best at halfback and he is a better defender at last man down than an injured Raqamate. His knee gave away against Australia where he missed three crucial tackles.
Wise Kativerata's advice should be taken on board by the Fiji Rugby officials and as for the Las Vegas sevens, Wainiqolo will only get his team to tackle harder like they did at Gold Coast.
However, many tries scored by our boys were quite fantastic especially that come from behind try after the hooter against France in the bowls quarter-final.
Other aspects of our sevens games were quite positive and the prop Nemani Nagusa continued his bulldozing runs and crashing tries.
We cannot compare the HSBC Sevens World Series with the Hong Kong Sevens carnival of many years ago which was just a one-time event. You just had to build up the team and whip them into peak fitness once a year and wait for the next year.
It is no longer a one-bout match but it is a running brawl.
We'll win some and lose and only the fittest will endure.
Someone said the essence of survival was not about failing to fall, but how one rises after the fall.
Go Fiji Go!