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Proving A Point

Proving A Point
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Seremaia Tuwai in action at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Zimbio
April 27
10:19 2018

The Fijians have played in four finals so far, winning Singapore is crucial this weekend

Coach Gareth Baber and the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team, like other top teams, will need to prove a point at the Singapore Sevens this weekend.

The eighth leg of the World Sevens Series is a crucial decider especially for top teams Fiji and South Africa.

Separated by only three points, both fall short of winning the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia earlier this month.

The Fijians beat South Africa in the semifinal before bowing out to the Kiwis 14-0 in the final.

Despite the loss, Baber’s men have been setting the pace on the series winning three tournaments so far including a four-in-a-row victory in Hong Kong.

But the big plus is they have been consistent performers reaching four finals (Vancouver, Hamilton, Hong Kong, Gold Coast) and reaching their fifth final would augur well for the team in the long run.

The last time Fiji reached three consecutive finals was 11 years ago.

Blitzboks to prove doubters wrong

The Blitzboks strive for- and believe- that consistency is the key to success in the World Rugby Sevens Series. It helped them win the 2016/17 series.

This weekend at the Singapore Sevens they will be looking for more of the same, but also know they have the small matter of the Commonwealth Games to put behind them.

“We often said one game will not define us or what we stand for, yet that second half performance against England in Gold Coast was one that did show some shortcomings in our attitude,” said stand-in captain, Kyle Brown to Sports24.


Samoa demand better results

The Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) CEO, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, is hopeful the Manu Samoa Sevens can turn their season around, starting this weekend in Singapore.

He is also demanding a better performance from the team following their disappointing outing in Hong Kong and the Gold Coast.

The Sir Gordon Tietjens-coached team is ranked a lowly 12th place on the series. The national side also missed out on the top eight teams of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, losing to Australia and England.

“I think everyone is well aware of the feeling of where the team is at right now with their results,” he told Samoa Observer.

“The Samoa Rugby Union is doing everything they can in supporting their campaign. We have given them everything they have asked for, especially by contracting players.”

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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