Amenatave Yaconisau, Suva
The lack of imagination and creative play coupled with overconfidence was the mainstay of our warriors in the game against the Samoans in France and maybe England too. After losing to the great Kenyans in Singapore it’s really difficult to explain our loss to the Samoans. I thought they were going to be hungry whichever team they meet. But I take off my hat to Samoan captain Faleminga Selesele and the brave Samoan brigade for the greatest upset ever in world sevens. It was a show of guts and spirit all the way. Down by 26-7 at the break the Samoans were instructed by coach Damien McGrath to put a stop of the Fijian floodgates and not to let his promise down. Fiji never added any extra point in the entire second half. It was tools down and siesta time, so typical of many games before.
If you think the loss to the great Kenyans in Singapore was disheartening the loss to the Samoans was a cause of disquite to the cheerful Fijian crowd. It was Pacific pride at stake. Being masters of the game and after thrashing Samoa 42-5 a day earlier we thought it was going to be a cruise in the park all the way. Never to be as charity rugby arrived. It was also obvious with Kenyans loss too. Having seen on TV to be chatting to coaches of teams we were about to meet is not good. Nevertheless a bit of humble pie is good for our ego before Rio but losing finals is a great danger for the man we love so much, Ben Ryan, who is leaving us after Rio even if we top the table. If we keep tooling down and sleep in the finals any team can beat us on the day. This is not good for our merciless but supporting crowd if a balded gutsy person can score a try in the dying moments of the game.
Now we have to ask the gods to be with us in London and Rio.
Go, Fiji go!