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Rabaka: Be Consistent

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team have been told to be consistent with their performance if they are to win the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series. The call was made
09 Jan 2019 10:11
Rabaka: Be Consistent
Former national rugby 7s and Flying Fijians halfback Samisoni Rabaka offers a few coaching tips to the Dratabu 7s team during training at the SSKMC ground in Nadi on January 7, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team have been told to be consistent with their performance if they are to win the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series.

The call was made by former national rug­by 7s and Flying Fijians star halfback Sami­soni Rabaka on Monday night after helping train the Dratabu 7s team in Nadi.

“The current team have the right mindset and physical attributes to do well this sea­son,” Rabaka told SUNsports.

The wily Waikete native from Tailevu is now coaching the West Bulldogs club in Brisbane, Australia. He flew into the coun­try with his family for a short break.

“I think nothing much should change but only the attitude of the players. It’s like when you train, you train like you’re play­ing,” he said.

Rabaka said the emergence of young play­ers like Vilimoni Botitu and Meli Derenalagi who have gone through the ranks has really lifted the team.

“Coach (Gareth) Baber has all the tricks that there is for the series but we need to up the ante and we also need to be on the play­ers’ backs because most time we tend to lose concentration easily.”

He highlighted the team to the last leg in Dubai and Cape Town in South Africa have laid the platform for the rest of the season.

“There is real excitement for the team to go one better and lift the series title.” Rabaka said.

“During my time we only look forward to the big one which is the main tournament in Hong Kong but now there are many stops on the series.

“It has become very tough and there’s a need to bring in new techniques to ensure that we remain on top.

“In today’s sevens rugby there are lots of contact and you have to secure the ball all the time and I think that once the boys are focused they will be unbeatable.”

A young Rabaka stepped in for veteran halfback Pauliasi Tabulutu after he had switched to rugby league in 1992.

Under the late coach Ratu Kitione Tuibua, he combined well with maestro Waisale Ser­evi as they thrashed New Zealand 22-6 in the Hong Kong 7s Cup final.

The next Series tournament will be the Hamilton 7s in Waikato, New Zealand on January 26-27.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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