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Editorial: Sevens Stars Now Have Opportunity To Shine Brighter

Editorial: Sevens Stars Now Have Opportunity To Shine Brighter
April 02
11:59 2018

It’s crucial for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team to win this weekend’s Hong Kong Sevens tournament.

Despite all the hype of trying to become the first team to win the tournament for the fourth-year-in-a-row, what is important here is trying to overtake South Africa at the top of the 2017/18 HSBC World Sevens Series table.

After winning the Canada Sevens in Vancouver last month, the Seremaia Tuwai captained- side is now in second place with 101 points while the Blitzboks top the points standing with 109.

This is the ideal opportunity for us to do just that since the South Africans have placed their defence of the Commonwealth Games gold medal ahead of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament.

They will be sending their number one team to the games at the Gold Coast, Australia.

But, this does not mean it will be easy for the Fijians.

The battle will start from the pool games where the Gareth Baber-coached side faces New Zealand, which is ranked third in the Series with 92 points.

The Kiwis have brought in a team that includes six Fijian players and will be coached by former New Zealand sevens star winger Roger Randle.

The Fijian players are recalled playmaker Rocky Khan, Luke Masirewa, Joe Ravouvou, Salesi Rayasi, Jona Nareki and Akuila Rokolisoa.

Khan, Ravouvou and Masriewa know what is like to win a tournament in the series and they are going to be the ones Randle is banking on.

Apart from that, we’ve also got the Samoans to take care of in pool play and every time we face our Pacific neighbours they are always in top gear.

It’s going to be a mammoth challenge and every team will be gunning for the Fijians’ scalp including Russia.

Head coach Gareth Baber has got with him in Hong Kong, the players capable of accomplishing his and the team’s mission.

But, he has to work out a plan on how best he will use them.

So far, he’s on the right track by indicating that we need to focus on Hong Kong first and not the Commonwealth Games.

With someone who knows Hong Kong very well, we should rest assured that things will work our way come next weekend.

Fingers crossed, time will tell if the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team can acheive its objective

 

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