Editorial comment – Strong 7s start in Dubai
1 December, 2018, 10:16 am
It would have been a rollercoaster ride last night for most Fijian rugby sevens fans around the country.
The writing was on the wall when we tore into France in our opening game of the 2018 Dubai 7s.
It looked hot out there on the park.
Lovely weather indeed for a holiday one would suggest. It looked perfect for sevens rugby, the weather that is.
On the field, we were on fire.
We actually did everything right out there.
Our forwards laid the perfect platform for our backline, with a number of rookies thrown in, to display feats of magic.
We controlled the park.
In fact, we dominated proceedings so much, we looked like we were still on cruise control at the end of the game, taking in the sights so to speak.
Our attacking lines were strong.
Our defensive shape was near perfect, and our support play was outstanding.
We looked confident, composed under pressure, and we enjoyed our game.
These all translated to a powerful performance against a French side that weren’t really pushovers.
Our newcomers played like pros.
They blended in well with the seasoned members of the team.
The 39-0 scoreline against France was a given.
Just when fans expected us to lift a notch in game two, we almost stumbled over our own feet.
We weren’t steady under pressure, our defence came under fire and our attacks were nullified by a Scotland side that was quite good actually.
Perhaps, fans will say, it was a good thing anyway at that stage of the competition.
The 21-19 victory over Scotland was too close for comfort.
In the end though, that fighting spirit that we saw against France in that historic Test victory at the weekend in France was evident last night in the abbreviated code.
Our men stayed in the game.
We scraped through in the end.
But not before giving many fans near heart attacks.
By now the result against Kenya is out.
From the first two games last night, the challenge would have been on national coach Gareth Baber to motivate our team to stay focused.
This is the first tournament of the world sevens series.
Fans, clearly, will be focused on how we perform this weekend.
The signs are there that we have the team to turn heads.
The question is whether we want this badly though?
Go Fiji, go.