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Give them time: Dere

By VUNIWAQA BOLA Digicel Fiji 7s coach Alifereti Dere is confident the players will do well once they gain confidence on the international circuit. Fiji plays Samoa in the Cup
14 Oct 2012 11:37

Action from the Fiji-Australia game yesterday. Photo: IAN MUIR

By VUNIWAQA BOLA

Digicel Fiji 7s coach Alifereti Dere is confident the players will do well once they gain confidence on the international circuit.
Fiji plays Samoa in the Cup quarterfinal at 2.42pm today after they narrowly lost 14-15 to Australia in the last match of the Gold Coast Sevens last night.
Dere said the majority of the players that played at Skilled Park were new to the HSBC Sevens World Series. But he was impressed when they managed to win their first two games beating Scotland by 31-14 and later thumped Tonga 37-5.
Dere says there is still room for improvement but the boys show good, tough defensive skills.
“Give them some more time, this is just their first two games together,”Dere said.
“I believe if they gain confidence in the game against Australia they should do well.
“Once confidence settles in, it would be hard to stop them as they should provide a tough opposition to other teams.”
The former national 7s captain added having new players in the side also keeps Fiji on the upper hand, as most teams would not know what these reps were capable of. “It will be up for us especially with teams that know Fiji well.
“Now they have tasted what they can achieve and they will do better as the tournament progresses.”
In their first game against Scotland, tries were scored by Osea Kolinisau, Alipate Ratini, Apisai Domolailai, Joji Ragamate, and Samuela Saqiwa.
The second game against Tonga saw, Lepani Botia, Ilai Tinai, Ragamate, Ulaiasi Lawavou and Samisoni Viriviri scoring tries. Against Australia, Ragamate and Ratini scored in each half.




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