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Baber’s Message: Play Smart

Baber’s Message: Play Smart
From left: Fiji Airways Fijian 7s winger Alasio Naduva is congratulated by Amenoni Nasilasila after scoring against Kenya in the Cup final on March 12, 2018. Photo: Zimbio
March 13
11:00 2018

Playing smart rugby has been the message to the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players during the second day of the Canada Sevens in Vancouver yesterday.

After trailing 5-12 against South Africa in the Cup semifinals, coach Gareth Baber urged the players to play smart rugby.

“Eliminate the errors and be smart,” Baber said.

This made the Fijians click as they ran in tries to prop Kalione Nasoko and Amenoni Nasilasila in the second half.

Again in the Cup final, while held 12-all at halftime where the Fijians were merely playing catch-up rug­by in the first half. Baber again told the players to play smart and throw the ball out wide.

This became evident in the second spell when the Seremaia Tuwai captained-side opted to kick for ter­ritory from free kicks in order to pin the Kenyans close to their tryline.

The Collins Injera-side buckled under pressure and allowed Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Paula Dranisi­nukula to crash over for tries while a Nasilasila grub­ber behind the defence saw Alasio Naduva winning the race to the tryline.

Mocenacagi was later named the HSBC Player of the Final.


Challenge Trophy QF: Canada 0-19 Scotland, France 12-19 Wales, Russia 14-7 Uruguay, Samoa 0-24 Spain; Cup QF: Australia 19-24 South Africa, Fiji 43-7 Argen­tina, New Zealand 0-17 USA, England 0-12 Kenya; 13th Place SF: Canada 31-19 France, Uruguay 14-45 Samoa; Challenge Trophy SF: Scotland 26-15 Wales, Russia 7-14 Spain; 5th Place SF: Australia 28-24 Argentina, New Zealand 17-21 England; Cup SF: South Africa 12-15 Fiji, USA 19-24 Kenya; 13th Place Playoff: Canada 15-21 Samoa; Challenge Trophy Final: Scotland 29-5 Spain; 5th Place Playoff: Australia 14-31 England; Bronze Final: South Africa 29-7 USA; Cup Final: Fiji 31-12 Kenya

Edited by Grace Narayan


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