A learning curve

The Vodafone Fiji U23 side returned from Brazil after their four-match tour.

Stats don’t lie.

Fiji faces an uphill battle and has a huge mountain to climb.

With this level of preparation and commitment, expect our opponents to have an easy ride and a walk in the park — icing us with goals in Rio.

Fiji conceded 18 goals and scored 4. This tour, on the other hand, has been a learning curve and a great humbling experience for our boys and has given Farina the opportunity to work on our weaknesses.

One must consider that Fiji is in the building phase and that our players are not professionals.

Farina attributed the losses to our failure in maintaining ball possession and control and suggested for improvements in technique, passing and ball controlling.

Dear fans, let’s not get too disappointed with the results but rally our support to Farina and the boys in their bid to attain better results against our highly powered opponents in Rio.

To those using social media and criticising the U23 team please be positive with your comments.

These players deserve respect. On a lighter note, two of our budding stars — Garish and Nickel — will cherish the short time spent with Beckham in Los Angeles.

Finally, it’s time to farewell Vili Raulini, aged 53, who died in Suva.

Personally, I never had the chance to meet Vili but I did watch him live on television. Regarded as one of Fiji’s greatest rovers, the Qarani, Gau native was part of Fiji’s three in a row win in the Happy Valley and was a promising player, a good defender and aggressive tackler.

I hope our 7s team will remember Vili when they don the national jumper in Paris and they will play with pride and passion, adding the much needed baptism of fire just like the good old days when our boys ruled 7s heaven under the reins of Tukiti.

As I count to the early hours of Saturday morning, I pray that Vili’s soul finds eternal rest!

Ni sa moce, Bill!

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