Editorial comment: Our 7s hope
23 July, 2018, 10:08 am
The ingredients are all there for a heart-stopper this morning when we take on the might of New Zealand in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco.
While our semi-final opponents struggled against France yesterday, there can be no doubts about the fact that the Kiwis step up every time they play Fiji.
There is history firmly attached to our rivalry on the rugby field.
That’s not going to go away any time soon either.
Today is about self belief first.
It is about our team sticking to national coach Gareth Baber’s set game plan.
It is actually quite difficult to shrug aside the fact that we pack a punch on the field.
We hit a brick wall in the first half against Japan in our opener, but came clean in the second half to seal off that game.
Then the Argentines copped the brunt of our attacking prowess.
There can be no doubts that based on yesterday’s effort, thousands of fans around the world are already rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of Baber and the team sealing off an amazing start to bring home glory.
But let’s not jump to conclusions yet.
The abbreviated version of the sport is quite interesting really.
There are no longer any minnows.
Mistakes can prove quite costly in a game.
Time can be on our side and also a killer when we lose focus.
But let’s face it… there are quite a lot of positives from our first two games.
We pack size, an effective defensive shape, near telepathic combination on attack, grunt in broken play, fitness, discipline, and speed around the field.
The challenge today is to stay composed under the greatest of pressure from the Kiwis first up.
One game at a time, one victory at a time to take the next step forward!
That’s how we should be looking at it really.
So let’s keep the faith, believe in our team, and support them to the brim.
Let’s hope Baber will reassure each member of our amazing team this morning, that every Fijian is banking on them to give this their best shot.
They carry the hopes and aspirations of an expectant nation.
We have been punching well above our weight.
Surely fans will be hoping there is no reason to stop right now.
Go Fiji, go.