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Ryan gives warning after poor play

Arin Kumar
Monday, January 27, 2014

NATIONAL sevens coach Ben Ryan has warned his players that he might make some changes when the team stops over in Nadi on their way to the Wellington 7s tournament.

This comes after Fiji's early exit from the Las Vegas 7s tournament when they lost 7-12 to New Zealand in pool play to be relegated to the bowl competition.

This is only the second time ever that Fiji has featured in the bowl competition in the history of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Statistics from day one competition showed Fiji committed the most mistakes with nine from just two games.

That number increased when Fiji lost to New Zealand.

In the bowl quarter-finals, Fiji overcame Uruguay 38-14.

The half-time score of 12-7 against the lowly rated Uruguayans brought out the anger in Ryan's body language and tone.

During the break, he warned players to improve their performance or risk being dropped off at home on the way to New Zealand for the next tournament.

"I will make changes if this continues and don't put this lot to bed," he said.

"This is not the standard I was expecting from you. If this doesn't stop, the plane is stopping in Nadi and I will be making some changes."

Those words seemed to have shaken the players who sprung to life in the second half as Fiji went on to score four tries to end the match at 38-14.

Ryan then wrote on his Twitter page that the players would give a better peformance on day three.

"Boys all hurting and ready to give it their all tomorrow (today)."

Fiji was scheduled to face Wales at 6.26 this morning in the bowl semi-final.


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