Kings of Paris 7s
17 May, 2016, 12:00 am
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” (Jim Valvano).
Call it self- belief, passion or determination, but it was the magic in the Samoan team that helped them raise the silverware. We were so close in the epic final loss to our Pacific rivals whose war dance set Paris alight.
This was after the Selesele captained team came from behind to down Fiji. Selesele was later crowned the King of Paris after being named the man of the final. Fiji surrendered and blew up a 26-7 lead to concede four quick tries.
For many fans, this was hard to digest as the many cheers turned into a disappointing nightmare at the sound of the cock crow in Paris.
Fiji had the title in its grasp but let the cat slip out of the bag. Even though we lead the series, more efforts are needed to psychologically prepare our boys to defend the lead.
Fiji scraped past the Ed Jenkins captained Aussies and wounded the French in their back yard.
We contained Vakatawa so well and had we done the same to Selesele the result would have been in our favour.
No use crying over spilt milk and the loss in Paris must be forgotten quickly and Ben and the boys must set their focus on claiming the London title, the series crown and the Rio gold medal.
It’s good that Ben is testing all his players before naming our best. Hayne’s presence will uplift the team morale.
No one can dispute the fact that competition in the series is getting tougher. Apart from Fiji, not many would have thought about France, Argentina and Samoa playing in the semi- finals while top guns Africa, Kenya and the All Blacks had to settle in the Plate competition.
The fact remains that many teams are using these last two tournaments to build up for the Rio Games. Ben is doing the same. He needs our support and prayers.
Fiji might not have won but the boys deserve to be praised. To Ben you are the finest 7s coach we ever had.
Thank you for making us champions. To the boys, be humble and remember that a good warrior plays until the last whistle. Thank you team Fiji!