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Australian sevens coach Geraint John has ruled out all talk of Olympic qualification and insisted  his men must prioritise beating its pool opponents including Fiji at 9.10pm tomorrow. And Vodafone
10 Oct 2014 10:32
7S For Now
Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto.

Australian sevens coach Geraint John has ruled out all talk of Olympic qualification and insisted  his men must prioritise beating its pool opponents including Fiji at 9.10pm tomorrow.

And Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan echoed the same sentiments saying the players are concentrating on performing as well as they can and take it one game at a time.

Fiji plays Australia in the last game tomorrow after playing Scotland at 2.02pm and Portugal at 5.23pm.

John, insisted too much pressure is being placed on the host side to qualify for the Olympics.

“You’ve got to be careful because everyone is talking about the Olympics, everyone is talking about qualification and everyone is talking about the pressure that is on this year’s tournaments,”John said.

“We’ve tried to focus on what we can do and what we can control.

“Clearly the more success you have on the field the more points you gain, and hopefully by the end of the year we will be in the top four. The time to start talking about that though is at the end of May; we’re not there yet, as I keep telling people. Our focus has to be on what we can do on a day-to-day basis.”

I’m not a fortune teller: Ryan

Meanwhile, Vodafone Fiji 7s head coach Ryan echoed similar sentiments about Fiji’s approach towards winning the opening round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in stride.

“We are taking it one game time. I’m not a fortune teller but I do know that the team has trained hard and worked hard for the last few weeks.”

Ryan said they wouldn’t psyche themselves out with pressure to deliver for the country on the Fiji Day weekend either.

“No one has thought about that. All anyone is concentrating on is performing as well as we can. We simply ask that you support the team and take it one game at a time.”

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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