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Fiji Sun - - Comment -

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!

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