15 Dec 2015

Sport: Fiji sevens coach gives team a pass mark

5:00 pm on 15 December 2015

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan has given his team a pass mark after the first two rounds of the World Series.

The Dubai winners were upset 17-14 by France in the Cup quarter finals in Cape Town, having led 14-0 after five minutes.

They bounced back to beat Australia 38-19 and the USA 29-19 to claim the Plate title.

Fiji huddle together during the Cape Town Sevens.

Fiji huddle together during the Cape Town Sevens. Photo: World Rugby

Ben Ryan admits it was disappointing to let France back into the match but says the Tricolors deserve credit for how they played.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan.

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

He was pleased with how Fiji responded in their final two matches and is satisfied with where the team is at going into Christmas.

"We're still top of the tree, albeit on points difference ahead of South Africa but that's something that we probably would have taken at the beginning of our trip, before Dubai. If someone had said at the end of Cape Town you'd be standing at number one in the series it's a good start-point for us and if you look at last season we came third in Dubai and Plate runners-up in South Africa, so we're about six points ahead of where we were this time last year".

The World Series resumes in Wellington at the end of January.