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Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

FIJI coach Ben Ryan has left the disappointing outing at the Las Vegas 7s tournament behind and is looking forward to the Wellington tournament next weekend.

The national side settled for the bowl title at the Sam Boyd Stadium after thrashing Kenya 35-0 in the final on Monday.

Fans were disappointed with South African referee Rasta Rasivhenge's control in Fiji's pool games against Australia and New Zealand where he made some controversial decisions at the expense of the Fijian side.

"I've spoken to ref (Rasivhenge) and Paddy O'Brien (IRB referee's manager) and that's a private discussion that was professional and positive," Ryan said.

Against Australia which Fiji lost 21-22, Ryan said the team started well and getting the controversial yellow card led to two Australian tries.

"In the last minute we made a couple of poor decisions that gave the Aussies a chance and they took it," he added.

"Great intensity in this game (against New Zealand 12-7) and again, although there really should have been a red card early in the second half against the NZ player who was later banned, we just needed to put NZ under a bit more pressure and hold onto the ball for longer.

"Over committed at a couple of defensive rucks too. The good news was we corrected all those issues on day three."

Fiji will face New Zealand in the pool play again at the Wellington 7s at 2.06pm on Friday next week followed by the clash against France at 5.35pm and Spain at 7.28pm.

Speaking of the pool in Wellington 7s, Ryan said "it could have been worse but we treat all our opponents with respect and will prepare well and equally for all three of them".

Ryan and the troop arrive home early tomorrow for a brief stopover in Nadi before flying to New Zealand on the same day.

He said they were assessing the injuries in the team before making any changes.

"Got a cross fit session planned for the team on Friday and a small run out on Saturday against a Wellington club side.

"Looking forward to going back to Wellington - a place I have had so many great memories from."

Ryan won the Wellington 7s title with England last year and in 2009.

Fiji is placed third on the HSBC Sevens World Series points table on 56 points following the cup competition exit in USA.

Las Vegas 7s champions South Africa leads the series with 78 points followed by New Zealand on 77.

Ryan said: "Over committed at a couple of defensive rucks too. The good news was we corrected all those issues on day three."

Fiji will face New Zealand in the pool play again at the Wellington 7s at 2.06pm on Friday next week followed by the clash against France at 5.35pm and Spain at 7.28pm.

Speaking of the pool at the Wellington 7s, Ryan said "it could have been worse but we treat all our opponents with respect and will prepare well and equally for all three of them".

Ryan and his troops arrive home early tomorrow for a brief stopover in Nadi before flying to New Zealand on the same day.

He said they were assessing the injuries in the team before making any changes.

"Got a cross fit session planned for the team on Friday and a small run out on Saturday against a Wellington club side.

"Looking forward to going back to Wellington - a place I have had so many great memories from."

Ryan won the Wellington 7s title with England last year and in 2009.

Fiji is placed third on the HSBC Sevens World Series points table on 56 points following the cup competition exit in USA.

Las Vegas 7s champions South Africa leads the series with 78 points followed by New Zealand on 77.





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