Fijians to fight back
17 April, 2018, 12:00 am
FORMER England 7s rep Ben Gollings believes the Fiji 7s team will recover from the Commonwealth Games gold medal final loss, regroup and continue its winning ways in the ongoing HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
Gollings said this after Fiji lost to New Zealand in the final 14-0 – losing a gold medal that had been evading our south sea nation since 1998.
“From Fiji’s perspective, they need that,” Gollings said.
“For them, it is about regrouping and playing their game. They always do a good job on that. They played and won in Hong Kong and they have some good
games under their belts. They will get cracking after this in the series.”
Gollings, no stranger to Fiji and its 7s rugby, said the Commonwealth Games was a good learning ground for minnows such as Sri Lanka and Uganda.
“They can learn from teams such as Fiji to improve in the code,” he said.
“It is a matter of creating more competitions for them and giving them a lot of exposure on a world-class line-up and that is what they need.
“They got to get used to playing the big teams. They need to understand what they need to do on the world stage. It is easy to understand when you are playing and a lot harder when you are told.
“Once they get the experience, they can go away and utilise those experience.”
On Fiji Rugby Union’s 7s bid, Gollings said the FRU bid to host a tournament in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series was a good move.
“Sevens is the sport for Fijians. They have the support, but it is just the infrastructure and finding the right stadium to offer what is needed on the world stage.
“It will be great for sevens to be played in Fiji.”
Gollings and former New Zealand 7s skipper Karl Tenana were television commentators during the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast, Australia.