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Ryan still not happy

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

THE Fiji 7s side is disappointed with its performance in the Las Vegas 7s tournament and hopes to turn tables in the Wellington 7s next weekend.

The Ben Ryan-coached side bombed out of the cup competition following its third place finish in the pool play but managed to win the bowl title after thrashing Kenya 35-0 in the final yesterday.

"This doesn't make up for the tournament as we planned to win this weekend," skipper Osea Kolinisau said after the bowl win.

"We are playing for our places for Wellington and I am glad the coach (Ben Ryan) said what he did as it made the boys work harder."

During the bowl quarters against Uruguay, coach Ryan told players to lift their performance or lose their place in the team for Wellington 7s.

The team arrives home today and will depart for Wellington on Thursday.

"I'm still angry about what happened in the game against New Zealand," Ryan told IRB.

"Kenya is an excellent side and physically they give you such a challenge and for us to keep them zero and blank them, that was an outstanding defence

"They (Fiji players) are a great bunch and we have a couple of injury concern we probably have to look at but I think they payed well today (yesterday)."

Fiji will face New Zealand again in the pool play in the Wellington 7s which will start next week Friday.

France and Spain are the other teams in Fiji's pool.

Meanwhile South Africa, which won the Las Vegas 7s title, leads the IRB 7s series with 78 points followed by New Zealand on 77 and Fiji on third with 56 points.

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