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Ryan: Test Before Rio

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan has spoken of areas they need to focus on before the August Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He indicated yesterday that
09 Apr 2016 12:46
Ryan: Test Before Rio
Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan with the players in Hong Kong

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan has spoken of areas they need to focus on before the August Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He indicated yesterday that they need concentrate more on the way they play.

With 12 weeks remaining until the Rio Olympic Games, Ryan has been working on his plans.

“We still want to get into space and we still want to play the Fijian way of offloading,” Ryan said.

The Englishman has also mentioned that they need to strengthen their play upfront.

“In the front we got to be hard, we have to get our bodies off the floor fast and we know when we get to breakdowns we have to clear that early.

“We know that when our lungs are burning, I want us to be running back. When we’re dying on our feet, we need to take the pace up, and realise that the opposition are dying too. All these things are linked into your toughness, your resilience,” Ryan explained.

The Fijian players are in good physical shape but Ryan hopes the players are also prepared mentally.

“The boys have been in amazing shape but I need to see they are mentally prepared and that’s where we are already. We have players in this team that have their character in various areas on and off the field,” he added.

This weekend’s Hong Kong 7s tournament is a litmus test to the team.

“This is a test to the boys and sees how they will cope with pressure. Collectively we have to get ourselves back on target,” Ryan said.

The Vodafone Fijians will play their second pool game against Korea today at 4:24pm and final pool play against Wales at 8:24pm.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 



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