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We’re Getting There: Roqica

  Telecom Fijiana 7s captain Ana Maria Roqica praised her players for their efforts as they settled for the eighth spot in the overall HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.
02 Jun 2016 10:52
We’re Getting There: Roqica
Members of the Telecom Fijiana 7's team at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

Telecom Fijiana 7s captain Ana Maria Roqica praised her players for their efforts as they settled for the eighth spot in the overall HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series.

Speaking at Nadi International Airport yesterday, she said the players gave their best to receive such accolades as they remain focused for the August Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“The girls Ebony Satala, Brittney Coates, and Asena Roko were really good,” Roqica said.

“Even Ebony showed that she really wants to make it to Río and she is really good.”

The Telecom sponsored Fijiana side were able to beat hosts France 14-10 and Ireland 19-14. They lost to Australia 34-0, Canada 12-5, USA 14-12 and Spain 13-10.

“We trained so hard to reach the quarter-finals because we want to be in the eighth place. I know in the second day the girls were really tired especially in our last game against Spain,” Roqica said.

Rusila Nagasau and I were injured and we didn’t make it to the last game. So we kept encouraging the girls to do their best.

“It’s on our attack only, our defence was really good.  There was no support especially when someone breaks away so we will be working on that while in camp.”

She said on the final leg to France, the girls have been really good and they stood out against Canada and France.

“We always lose to France and I was happy that we were able to win this time,” she said.

“I can see the team work and the team spirit on that second game and I know its coming together for Río. The big team will see what we’ve really improved on.”

Roqica sprained her left foot while Nagasau injured her right shoulder.  Fiji finished with 34 points behind winners Australia (94), New Zealand (80), Canada (74), England (74), France (60), USA (46), and Russia (42).

The Fijiana side scored a total of 68 tries this season.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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