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'Casual' play cost Fiji

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NATIONAL sevens captain Osea Kolinisau has admitted that their casual approach towards Samoa was the biggest reason for their loss in the cup quarter-finals of the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s tournament.

The tournament ended yesterday morning and Fiji's loss meant that the much their much-awaited rematch with New Zealand whom they thrashed a week earlier, will have to wait till January.

Fiji went on to win the Plate final beating France 45-19 in the final while New Zealand finished runner-up in the tournament to hosts South Africa after going down 14-17.

Kolinisau said the 12-28 loss to Samoa was the wake-up call for them.

""We were casual against Samoa," he said.

"It was a wake-up call and we fought hard, the coach saying we really needed the points.

"With a bunch of new players in the side, I am so glad for the young side that pulled through."

After the tournament, Fiji dropped to third place on the HSBC Sevens World Series points table with 48 points. South Africa is second with 56 and New Zealand tops that table with 58 points.

Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan said they were glad to remain in the hunt for the overall series crown.

"Well by no means a perfect few weeks but 11 wins from 12 games keeps us in the overall hunt," he said.

"Already looking forward to Vegas/Wellington (7s tournaments)."

Meanwhile, despite an early exit from the tournament, Fiji's top speedsters Benito Masilevu and Samisoni Viriviri continue to lead the Series top try scorers list with 17 tries each.