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Fiji 7s struggles to find niche

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OUR struggle to find the best footing at the 2019-2020 World Rugby Sevens circuit seems to deepen by every cluster.

What started for Fiji 7s in Dubai continues to be replicated.

And after three tournaments, there’s no sign of improvement.

Every indication is the team has hit the cud-de-sac, it was evidently the case against Argentina, who made the team look ordinary following their 26-10 win in the final pool game that eliminated them from the semifinal.

It is pity the team didn’t take them seriously after their Dubai debacle that averted Fiji out of the Cup quarterfinals for the first time in the 21-year history of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

For coach head Gareth Baber and his team, it’s just not coming together.

Around the same time last year, Fiji had safely tucked away the Cape Town and Hamilton Sevens and the prospect looked ever so promising.

Fast forward the new season, the agonizing run continues to pile up and it sure suggests something’s not right.

So, what could be the problem?

It isn't because of the lack of hustle; it isn't because the idea isn't good enough.

It is because the team doesn’t have a format, and as much Baber says he has one, it has not come into play after the three rounds on the circuit.

If anything, Fiji lacks the strategy, the tactical and technical lace, determination and cohesiveness, the necessary cog for a team to win championships.

While Fiji beat South Africa for the 9th place finish, it is the Argentina game that tested our mettle, from poor ball handing, offload mistakes and selfish play.

For the team also appeared mentally unprepared and looked lethargic.

Their performance was much like the Samoa and the Australia games, that exposed the weakness, the difference, the 19-12 wins came on the back  of urgency following the lackluster Dubai and Cape Town Sevens performance.

The renewed understanding among the diehards is that the team is struggling in every facets of the game and as fans they deserve better from Baber's best deck at hand.

Baber has a week to identify the wrongs ahead of the Sydney Sevens at the weekend or face the likelihood of getting obliterated again.

It is now or never.

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