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Step Up Sau: Baber

Step Up Sau: Baber
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad members Waisea Nacuqu (left) and Eroni Sau at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour, Deuba on January 4, 2018. Photo: Facebook.
January 05
11:07 2018


Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team coach Gareth Baber said having Eroni Sau in the team for the Dubai-Cape Town cluster of the World Sevens Series last month was a bonus.

And he expects the Naviti, Yasawa native to step-up again in the Sydney-Hamilton tournaments later this month.

Currently third on the points standings, Baber wants consistency in the team as he guns for Fiji’s first ever win in Sydney and Hamilton.

“Sau was a big bonus during the Dubai-South Africa cluster but I will be looking for him to step-up again,” Baber said.

The Welshman was happy with the transition and commitment of Fiji Airways Fijian Drua players Sau and John Stewart.

After a good performance in the 2017 Australian National Rugby Championship, the players made instant hit when they joined the 7s team not only as game breakers but match winners.

Baber made his intention clear regarding their goal in becoming the first Fijian team to win back-to-back tournaments since the World Sevens Series started in 1999.

“Yes this is very much a goal of ours,”Baber said.

“We can only achieve that if we are consistent.”

Baber is happy players like Sevuloni Moceinacagi is back training.

“It’s good to have Mocenacagi back and Alosio Naduva has been training exceptionally well too. So that gives us options.”



Baber confirmed overseas players are unlikely to be in the World Seven Series and Commonwealth Games squad.

“I have not confirmed any names. Overseas clubs are under no obligation to release players,” Baber said.

He denied reports that France-based players Josua Tuisova, Semi Kunatani and Leone Nakarawa have been in been included in the 2018 squad.

He said new players could be included Sydney-Hamilton leg of the series. But this could only happen if there are injuries.

“Yes there could be some new players but we do not have any major injury worries at present. Everybody have been enjoying full training.”

The team continue training at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour.

“We did a lot of work in the off- season to address our strength and power. We showed good qualities in these areas in Dubai and Cape Town,” he said.

“We need to create pressure on our opponents with and without the ball.”

Edited by Osea Bola



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