Ryan: Fiji lost to better teams

VODAFONE Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan has clarified the comments he made about player exodus after the Port Elizabeth 7s was not an excuse for the poor performance in South Africa.

In his latest column on ur7s.com, Ryan said the team was not at its usual best and lost to better teams in the tournament.

“Some thought that was an attempted excuse from me for our disappointing South African leg,” Ryan said.

“Of course it wasn’t and it is an uncontrollable that you cannot bother yourself with as a coach or player.

“I know how hard the team and management work and how well everyone is doing and the simple truth is we made some errors on the field in South Africa and we have all put our hands up to that and used them as a vital lesson.”

Ryan said while Fiji had talent in 7s rugby, it was not the only thing required to be a complete sevens player.

“We have talent on the island and the physicality of the local competition is on par with international sevens for sure,” he said.

“However, it is still not a simple jump from that to being part of a team that has it sights sets on winning the series this season.

“The fundamentals in skills under pressure as well as the fitness and tactical requirements mean players need what we provide in the training camps and for as long a time as possible.

“It’s probably a true statement that we could put out three sides that would go well in the series but they would be inconsistent in their performances and that’s exactly what we are trying to erase from our performances. “

Ryan returns to Fiji early next month to prepare for the third leg of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series which starts with the Wellington 7s in February.

TOMORROW —— Full extract of Ryan’s column on the year 2014.

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