Wednesday, February 10, 2010

'Vinaka' & well done Fijian 7s Rugby Boys: That was a Rivetting IRB 7s Win.

The 7s Fiji boys have come and gone after having had a stunning performance during their IRB tour in Wellington.
The Fiji Community in Aotearoa more so, Wellingtonians are still reeling from the after effects and excitement of watching these young talented Fijian lads displayed their artful skills on the rugby field.

It was a rivetting win and we are out of words to describe the feelings we felt as we were right there. At the very least, their exceptional performance just took our breath away. It is fair to say, that all the Fiji worries overtime momentarily came to a halt. It was a superb & nail-biting game as the powerful Manu-Samoa (s) nearly dethroned Fiji, however, time was on Fiji's side as Captain Emosi & his boys were the winners at the sound of referee's whistle.
We must add, it was worth the while sitting in for those long Church services both on Monday before the games and on Sunday 7 February, 2010 to farewell the Fiji boys. The opportunity to worship with these young Fijian rugby players, as has been the tradition by the Fijian Methodist Church in Taranaki St., Wellington was awesome.
We thank 'Nai Vakatawa', Mr Niko Bower & his team , for facilitating this service on behalf of all the Fijian Community in Aotearoa.

At the very least, this service cuts across Religious barriers as we all gathered for these special occassions to pray to Divine Providence to shower these Fijian boys with the blessings they need during the 7s week. We wish you well boys in your games in Las Vegas and likewise for other 7s games you are all scheduled to play thereafter. 'Vinaka' & Congratulations from all of us.
Read more;
Ryder - Fiji Sevens bonding better writes UR7s Unlitimate Rugby.

Fiji Sevens star William Ryder believes his country's win at last weekend’s NZI Sevens in Wellington was down to an improvement in the side's team spirit.

The win was Ryder’s first since his comeback with Fiji on the IRB Sevens World Series stage, with the Bua man showing glimpses of his best form in the last three tournaments.

“To win in a Fiji shirt again is really important and to get a win in Wellington was a really big boost for us,” said Ryder speaking to UR7s.

“I don’t think we bonded together as well in Dubai and George but we more together as a squad in Wellington, we’ve worked together as a team and that’s an important difference.”

The backbone to Fiji’s win was the strength of the sides squad with Ryder himself often reduced to cameos at the end of games with the likes of Waisale Beci and Osea Kolinisau gaining starting berths.

With the USA Sevens starting this weekend, Ryder is also all too aware of the difficulties of maintaining standards on back-to-back legs.

“It’s one of the best Fiji squads I’ve been involved with. The second weekend is tough having to pick yourself up and recover from little injuries.

“We are looking forward to some good recovery in the lead up to Vegas. We will need to prove ourselves again and match our performance.”

Fiji coach Iliesa Tanivula feel other sides might want to target Fiji this weekend, following their Wellington win. Tanivula is also hoping his squad can maintain the consistency of performance that is crucial on the IRB stage.

“Winning here won’t make things easier for us as every team now will be very keen to now win in Vegas.They will target us I’m sure and we have to make sure we are ready,” said Tanivula

“It’s something we have worked on and although we have excellent individual players it is about staying together as a team and playing as a group and being consistent. That is the key.”

Both Ryder and Tanivula are excited about the USA Sevens’ move to Las Vegas, regarded as ‘The Entertainment Capital of the World’.

“It is the first time for a lot of these boys in USA, and obviously first time in Vegas too. We want them to enjoy it but keep focused on the job in hand,” said Tanivula.

“Yeah we are looking forward to it having a look at the casinos and clubs after the tournament. It’s exciting. We just need to stay together, stay as one and keep focused on winning again,” added Ryder.

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