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Sau’s form dropped, Baber Explains

Sau’s form dropped, Baber Explains
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s utility Eroni Sau takes a break from training in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 15, 2018. Photo: FRU Media
July 17
11:24 2018

A drop in form for utility back Eroni Sau resulted in him missing out from the 12-member Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team for the Rugby World Cup Sev­ens, which gets underway in San Francisco, this weekend.

This was confirmed to SUNsports yester­day by head coach Gareth Baber.

“Sau had a good season but I feel that he was not in the form he was in during the previous tournaments,” he said.

“As we progressed in camp I looked at what the response was and there were couple of areas with Sau that I will want to work on.

“I thought that I would employ the likes of (Alosio) Naduva and (Josua) Tuisova who have two different methods of attacking on the field.

“They fit into the plan that I want to exe­cute in terms of the way we play, as you look at Sau and Tuisova, they have very similar qualities.

“I would love to work with Sau in the future but he is moving onto France at the end of this season.”

Baber reiterated that the selection of the fi­nal 12 players was based on finding the right balance in the team.

Dropped from the squad are Sau, Josua Vakurinabili, Apenisa Cakaubalavu and Waisea Nacuqu.

“They are aware of the bigger goals ahead and have handled the decision well. They were aware that the players coming in from Europe are going to be charging for places,” Baber explained.

“If I was sitting at the change room and looking at the balance of the 12 players, I’d be scratching my head looking at how we can contain what we do because we have so various threats across the field.”

Baber said the players have realised that this is bigger than individual selection.

“This is not just those four but also the play­ers back home that missed out on the selec­tion. However as much as it hurts families back home, the twelve will represent Fiji.”

Baber said there would not be a 13th player on standby in case of injuries.

“It is not like the World Rugby Sevens Se­ries so we don’t get a 13th men, once the selection has been made the 12 players will have to stay.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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