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No Easy Teams, Says Baber

No Easy Teams, Says Baber
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain and halfback Seremaia Tuwai battles for possession against Wales during the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Photo: Zimbio
April 24
10:00 2018


The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team are wary of their pool opponents at this weekend’s Singapore Sev­ens.

Speaking to SUNsports yester­day, head coach Gareth Baber said they would have to be on their toes when fronting up against the unpredictable Russia, Spain and Japan.


The pool’s fourth seeded team, Japan reached the 2016 Olympic Games semifinals and narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.

“We really need to get our game in order when playing against these teams and making sure that we reach the knockout stages of the tournament,” he said.

Baber said these teams play a fast paced kind of rugby and are very unpredictable when in pos­session.

The Fijians are in second place of the 2017/18 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with 123 points while defending champi­ons South Africa are still leading with 126.


Baber said the games’ results are not necessarily dependant on table standings and positions.

“This will not be a walk in the park for us, as it is anybody’s game, I do not think any game in the international level will be a walk in the park.”

He further indicated that the re­sults and upsets in the past Series tournaments showed that.

“Any team can win a tourna­ment irrespective of their stand­ings on the ladder.”

The Welshman also downplayed claims that their performance in the knockout stages could be af­fected by their pool opponents.

He said there had been times where they had two tough teams, or sometimes one, but that had no impact on how they would be per­forming in any tournament.


“Sometimes it does, sometimes it does not but it totally depends on how we prepared ourselves for these matches.

“It is what we are given and there is no excuse for us not to perform.

“All we have to make sure of is for us to perform, do the things we were training for right and implementing our game plan.

“Apart from that there is no ex­cuse or reason for us not to per­form,” he added.

Baber also highlighted his in­tention of maintaining pressure on table leaders South Africa and wrestling the Series title away from them.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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