10 Feb 2015

Sport: Fiji sevens team hoping for better luck with officials in Las Vegas

3:17 pm on 10 February 2015

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan is hoping the roll of the dice will fall their way in Las Vegas, after criticising the performance of the officials in Wellington.

Captain Osea Kolinisau and forward Semi Kunatani missed the quarter final defeat to England on Saturday after being suspended for dangerous play in their final pool match against Australia the night before.

Ben Ryan says it was a bitter blow to lose their two best players, after five hours in a judicial hearing, and says nothing seemed to go their way.

"It's not often I publicly say how disappointed I was with the officials this weekend but we didn't get any decisions and particularly in the game against England. There were a whole number of decisions that didn't go our way and, unfortunately, looking back at the video the rub of the green wasn't ours this weekend. Publically I always normally say for refereeing that we should be good enough to take the referee out of it but there were too many marginal decisions this weekend that put us on the back foot".

Ben Ryan says he has spoken with referees boss Paddy O'Brien about his concerns and is hoping for a bit more luck this weekend.

However Fiji have a tough assignment in Las Vegas after being drawn with Wellington champions New Zealand, Pacific rivals Samoa and Wales in their pool.