|THREE ON ONE AND STILL NO GOOD: Fiji can't hold back Samoa.|
Calls are being made for coach Samu Domoni (left) to be sacked after Fiji's nightmare loss to Samoa yesterday. But what of the chair of the regime run Fiji Rugby Union, Mosese Tikoitoga?
Tikoitoga, who was narked about not getting a visa to travel with the team to New Zealand, has gone to ground and has been unavailable to media.
From all intents and purposes, the Flying Fijians got everything it needed to beat Samoa yesterday and to do well at the Rugby World Cup full stop.
According to the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, the World Cup campaign got the promised $3million dollars.
FBC says Fiji had five coaches and technical advisors: Samu Domoni, Shannon Fraser, Greg Mumm, Michael Foley and Mosese Rauluni with the added help of Reverend Joji Rinakama.
It also says overseas coaches were roped in and are getting $5,000 a week so the campaign didn't lack for know-how.
The 30 players, including Leone Nakarawa who quit the military so he could get a visa to play, will be paid $30,000 each. They got $15,000 before they left and will get another $15,000 on their return home.
The team, captained by Deacon Manu and included the experienced Nicky Little, was described as the best prepared side to leave Fiji shores but went down 27-7 to Samoa. It clearly lacked ideas, kicking ability, ball handling skills and from start the enthusiasm and battle skills to engage.
The national selector Mosese Taga is said to have admitted that the local players who proved themselves in the Farebrother and Digicel competitions SHOULD have been considered for the World Cup.
But it's the fans who are today asking the hard questions as rugby-mad Frank Bainimarama and Tikoitoga take cover. What went wrong with the Fiji campaign? Was the coaching panel up to speed? Did the selectors name the best team? Were the players paid enough? And is the malaise and beaten down attitude of the Flying Fijians typical of where the country is at?
|Tikoitoga, Nakarawa, Keni Dakuidereteki and Digicel captain, DaleTonawai, in May.|
"What happened on the field will no doubt be dissected and revisited by rugby pundits and fans for a while to come and rightfully so, for despite our best endeavours we punched well below our weight today."RWC Diary Day 27 - A second loss: Fiji Rugby Unionhttp://www.fijirugby.com/pages.cfm/fru-news?newsid=digicel-fiji-7s-squad-named-england-scotland