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Fijians out in semis

Rodney Duthie In Wellington
Sunday, February 09, 2014

FIJI bowed out of the Wellington Sevens competition without even getting into first gear. A clinical South African side shut out Fiji 10-0 in the Cup semi-final last night.

Two first half tries from Sampie Mastriet and Cecil Afrika was enough to put Fiji out.

National coach Ben Ryan said his players did not play to their full potential and were shut out by the Boks seven.

"We played a fit side and they are number one in the world. You feel a bit frustrated because you know you didn't play as well as you could of," Ryan said.

"Some of that was down to the opposition not allowing us to play and some of it was down to us. I thought we chain passed a little bit in the first half - we didn't take the game enough to them and we didn't really play the style of Fijian rugby that perhaps we could have done.

"We had a flat game there and South Africa are very good at making you play bad and they did that very well."

Ryan said while he would have liked injured Osea Kolinisau to play, there were really no excuses.

"It was a big blow because he's probably been the best guy on the training field this year.

"No excuses because teams get injured and you just got to suck it up and sometimes you're unlucky. That's why you have the strength of the 12-man squad."

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