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We Can Bounce Back: Kolinisau

Vodafone 7s captain Osea Kolinisau says that Fiji can jump back to first spot of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in the next leg. The Ben Ryan-coached side is
18 Dec 2014 12:54
We Can Bounce Back: Kolinisau

Vodafone 7s captain Osea Kolinisau says that Fiji can jump back to first spot of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in the next leg.

The Ben Ryan-coached side is at second spot in the points standing eight points behind leader South Africa at 59 with NZ at 47 and Australia at 46.

“It is not too late, we still can improve in our weakness in the next two tournaments to return to the top of the ladder,” said Kolinisau

“The players need to have tougher and ruthless mentality as sometimes we turn to switch on against big teams and turn to switch off to weaker teams.

“We just need to be consistent with the types of game we play, especially against NZ and England.

Kolinisau currently tops the series points per player with 148 points and in second spot is South Africa’s Seobelo Sentla (100) who is the series top try score (20).

He was amazed with their rebound ability in Dubai losing to Australia (31-19) and to come back against NZ (26-12) to win the third place play- off.

“The fitness level is there, but we did not take the opportunity against Australia (29-24) where we did sleep.

“Sevens is all about 14 minutes of rugby where we stepped out the pedal, in South Africa we did bounce back against England (31-0) as they are a good side, but we went off to sleep against USA (21-14 plate final).

He said debutant Jone (Qoro) and Emenoni (Nasilasila) did well on first international duty but had the pressure all over them going into Dubai as defending champion.

“It was not easy to rush things as they are good players especially not all players can perform their best in one tournament, but some players will grow in a lot of tournaments to find their rhythm,” he added.

Meanwhile, the team arrived into the country yesterday after the long flight from Dubai and was greeted by Vodafone sponsorship manager Liga Gukisuva and FRU CEO Radrodro Tabualevu at the Nadi International Airport.

The team march into camp on January 9 and will prepare for the next stop at Wellington, NZ from February 6-7 before USA the following weekend.

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