Letters to the Editor – March 5, 2019

Jerry Tuwai charges towards the try line during Fiji's 5th placing semi final match against South Africa at the Las Vegas 7s. Picture: FT FILE

Top 4 battle

Karl Te Nana commented that the scary thing with the Fijians was that they looked so controlled in everything that they did. However, our boys lost the plot during the crucial stage. We lost against the Aussies, All Blacks and English outfit although we were ruthless against Scotland and Wales and showed skills, flair and incredible off-loads. The monstrous tackles and our ferocious defensive structure were missing. Discipline was an eyesore and the inability to turn possession into points haunted our team. Ironically, in Las Vegas the top four sides battled each other and against NZ Fiji lost the rhythm and apart from little Jerry the rest of the pack had an off-day. We were awarded a late penalty and I had expected the captain to calm things down, go for the touch and execute the set-piece. However, we rushed things down and ended up getting penalised. NZ kicked for touch and the game was over! Our boys looked tired and dismantled and something was amiss on day two and three. However, it’s not over yet and Fiji needs a win in Vancouver for any hopes of an overall series title! Our trump cards Botitu, Tuimaba, Nasoko, Josua, Paula and Derenalagi were quiet in Las Vegas and they need to make a statement in Vancouver! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Bad dream

For the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team, the Vegas tournament is nothing but a bad dream. We came. We saw. We played. We were conquered. We just did not function as a well-oiled high precision machine. We failed to deliver to the utter disappointment of thousands of diehard Fiji supporters, world-wide. Our mental maturity and toughness let us down badly. Fiji must put this Las Vegas nightmare behind us. No ifs and no buts. Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team must redeem themselves in Vancouver, without fail, if we are to have the slightest chance for the 2019 HSBC 7s series top finish. Ronnie Chang Nadi

Town councils

Honourable Minister Premila Kumar is certainly pressing the right buttons regarding ideas for changes in town council structures and the conduct and accountability of festivals et cetera. I hope ratepayers will get more of a voice in the new structures, right now we have little but I suppose councils vary. One thing I would ask the honourable minister to look into is the continuing suitability of Garvey Park in Tavua as the venue for all forms of activity. The park is bang in the centre of a densely populated area, 15 houses are within six metres of the park fence and up to 40 more are within 40-200 metres. The noise at times is horrendous. Additionally, 40 more houses are scheduled for construction right behind the grandstand, putting another 200 people or so in the noise envelope. Funnily enough people do not pay good money for unwanted noise. Allan Loosley Tavua

Trees and footpaths

I thank the madam minister for her comments that trees were cut to make way for the footpaths (FT 04/03). May I ask the good minister why can’t the footpaths be built around the trees? And environmentalists do not cut down trees, they preserve them. And may I just tell you that there are many lampposts that stand in the middle of the new footpaths, what about them? Trees are important to us who walk on Vomo St, we rest under them in the blazing noonday sun. May I invite the minister to come to Lautoka and see the lampposts that stand in the middle of the footpaths, will you remove them too? Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Cancer issue

Cancer is a group of diseases. No two cancers are the same. It kills by invading key organs and can affect almost every part of the body. The major types of cancer are carcinoma, sarcoma, melanoma, lymphoma and leukemia. Cancer specialists are called oncologists. They have made remarkable advances in cancer diagnosis, prevention and treatment. The number of people diagnosed with cancer are living longer. This has been enabled by life extending treatment. There has also been an improvement in the quality of life. They are called survivors. If the cancer goes away after treatment and no longer gives any signs, it is called a complete remission. This is not the same as cure as cancer cells may still be present in the body. Although there is no guarantee of cancer prevention, there are means to lower the risk. These means comprise regular cancer screening tests, healthy diet and weight, regular exercise, avoidance of tobacco and alcohol. The onus is on us to learn the signs, symptoms and preventative methods. We should also educate those around us for early detection. Cancer is also a killer like NCDs. Ignorance will have fatal consequences. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Back-to-back triumph

The USA eagles deserved the back-to-back title win in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. After four previous losses to New Zealand and Fiji, it was fitting that the circuit’s most consistent team won the honours. I admired the way the USA forwards led the charge and played with pride and heaps of patriotism. Even without Baker the Eagles were deadly and the likes of Barrett, Hughes, Iosefo, Isles, Pinkelman, Niua and Tomasin proved too strong for Sir Tietjens and the Samoan brigade led by the likes of Tusitala, Motuga, Afamasaga, Perez, Solia, Vaiala, Mealoi, Matavao, Salelologa and Satapuala. Mike Friday is building depth as we approach the 2020 Olympics and based on the Eagles’ ruthless and devastating form, they’ll march to Vancouver as top seeds with a healthy lead over NZ (5 points) and Fiji (14 points). The Eagles have shown unity, real character, power, real pace and true fighting spirit. Congratulations to Mike Friday and the Eagles for making five consecutive finals and for winning their home tournament in style! Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam Nadawa, Nasinu

Tuimaba’s impact

BECAUSE of the match times, I only had the opportunity to watch the first four of Fiji’s matches. It looked like that on defence Fiji had seven players but on attack, there were only six players. Where was Aminiasi Tuimaba when Fiji had possession? He hardly had any possession to showcase what he did in previous tournaments. His name was barely mentioned by the commentators. In the game of sevens, the wingers are looked at to get the tries for the team. They have the speed to outrun players. Speed is an asset in rugby sevens. Whatever the reason, I think Aminiasi Tuimaba was hard done by. Although he was on the field, his attacking abilities were left on the sidelines. I saw him many times infield only tackling. This was a major downfall of the Fiji sevens team at the windy Vegas tournament. Mohammed Imraz Janif Natabua, Lautoka

Costly oversight

It seems the costly oversight by referees and more so the linesmen is becoming chronic. How can the referee and the linesman who was nearest to the incident miss a high tackle and the subsequent forward pass. In the same game a Fiji tackle was deemed high and a player sin binned. It seems the penalty of a previous series red card and few yellow cards has put Fiji in the bad books and others in the good books. My only concern is Gareth must speak to the boys to voice their concerns when the incidents happen. Nobody is talking and the lack of talanoa is allowing referees to continue the game unscratched. We need to stop the one-sided decisions and can the stakeholders also start voicing their concerns? We need to speak up and let World Rugby know who we are, Fiji the way the world should be. Toso Viti vosa mai. Shalwyn Prasad Mukta Ben Place, Nabua, Suva

Savatu it is

With reference to the numerous articles in yesterday’s The Fiji Times (04/03) about the district of “Sovatu in Nadarivatu”, please note that the district is named Savatu, not Sovatu. Also, the district of Savatu is not “in Nadarivatu”, but Nadarivatu, which is a government station and not a district, is in the district of Savatu. Paul Geraghty USP, Suva

7s rugby

I see the need for a good kicker for the Fiji team. Allen Lockington Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka

Win or lose

Win or lose, Fiji always at heart when it comes to rugby sevens. The Las Vegas outing was disappointing though for the Fiji sevens team. They lost three matches in the tournament and Baber needs to make a few changes to the team for this week’s Vancouver 7s. I believe the team looked unfit. Some players looked bulky but they just couldn’t make good tackles. Baber needs to change his training methods because the team simply looks tired and unfit after some gruelling training sessions. All the best to the Fiji sevens team for Vancouver this weekend. Amrit Singh Naselai Bau Rd, Nausori

Glorifying God

Could someone please tell our 7s boys that glorifying God on the pitch will only be meaningful if they also glorify God off the pitch. Gabe Simpson Rakiraki

The truth

Never be upset about the truth. It always reveals itself. Dan Urai Lautoka

Toilet facility

The $78k toilet facility for a district school funded by the Japanese Government aid is a good example of people-centred development responding to the real needs of people in the community. There is greater likelihood of a positive return on this grassroots investment than some of the five-star projects. Rajend Naidu Sydney, Australia

Home ground

Canada being another home ground for Fiji as Fijian fans will be out in numbers to cheer Fiji along and with a fair amount of money fundraised by the fans to be given to our boys, this should boost them. Fiji pooled with USA sevens finalist Samoa, Kenya and the host Canada should be a plain sailing for Fiji. Fiji needs to remember that this leg of the series is very important because once you fall off the top four it would be difficult getting up again as we are right in the middle of the series. Fiji should be in the semis to winning if they want to regain the lead in the series. Tomasi Boginiso Nasinu


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