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One Step At A Time for Fijiana

  As the Telecom Fijiana team prepare for next weekend’s Women’s Sevens Series in Atlanta, USA and Canada, their main focus is to improve on their performance from the last
31 Mar 2016 14:32
One Step At A Time for Fijiana
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As the Telecom Fijiana team prepare for next weekend’s Women’s Sevens Series in Atlanta, USA and Canada, their main focus is to improve on their performance from the last leg.

The Fijiana side have showed in Sao Paulo, Brazil that they can compete against top teams like Australia, England and New Zealand. Fiji Rugby Women’s coaching director Chris Cracknell said going into this leg would not be easy and they are working harder to better their performance.

“As always our goal is to improve on our last performance and we did this in Sao Paulo,” Cracknell said.

“With that said, I expect nothing less from the girls over the two weeks but to strive and improve each time we hit the pitch. Momentum is tough with there being such big gaps between us and the big teams, with so few tournaments for the girls.

“They are pushing each other harder and harder in training and if they do not perform to their best of their abilities, there is always someone snapping at their heels in the squad to take that opportunity.”

Cracknell said the players are heading in the right direction in terms of preparation and fitness.

“The girls have really stepped up in the last few weeks and their yoyo scores have improved across the board with a notable amount of girls getting personal bests,” he said.

“We still have improvements to make in this area but the girls are heading in the right direction and as a result our training sessions are getting more intense and selection is getting harder and harder.”

Grouped in a tough pool with Australia, England and Colombia, Cracknell says, Australia and England will prove to be an obstacle.

“There is no easy pool, again we face Australia, we ran them close in Sao Paulo twice and England will want to right the wrongs after we defeated them. Colombia are an unknown commodity and we face them first so it will be an unfamiliar test. That said, with all three games it is about us imposing ourselves on the game, controlling it and playing our way.”

Fiji take on Colombia, followed by England and then Australia at the Fifth-Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw State University in Atlanta.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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