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Roqica: We Are Ready for Sydney

The Telecom Fijiana 7s captain Ana Maria Roqica is confident of a good outing in this weekend’s 2016/17 Women World Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia. She told SUNsports yesterday that
31 Jan 2017 11:00
Roqica: We Are Ready for Sydney
The Fijiana 7s team departing our shores yesterday. Photo:LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

The Telecom Fijiana 7s captain Ana Maria Roqica is confident of a good outing in this weekend’s 2016/17 Women World Sevens Series in Sydney, Australia.

She told SUNsports yesterday that they are going to give their all against Olympic gold medal winners Australia in their final pool match.

Roqica said the 13-member squad have stepped up on their fitness level and are determined to better their standing in Sydney.

“I believe in these girls and we have worked and trained so hard in preparation for this series,” she said.

“We know we will be facing tough teams in the pool but we are looking forward to it.

“Most of the time we are in the same pool with Australia and we have learnt a lot from most our games with them. I know they are also preparing well and they will be looking forward to meeting us too but we will show them how good we are come the day.”

Roqica said they aim to improve on their standing compared to what they achieved in Dubai, last year.

“We came fifth in Dubai but our aim is to get to the top four in Sydney. The last three weeks of training has been intense and we believe we can do it.

“It was a tough festive season for us as we had to stay away from our loved ones and family but I believe it was for a good cause and the girls will do all their best and we hope to get more Fijian supporters to encourage us.”

Fijiana 7s head coach Iliesa Tanivula said it would be a strong meet with series winner Australia and the rest of the pool games but they would not back down.

“The girls have done their bit after Dubai and we are reviewing our games on what we need to improve.

“We have learnt a lot going forward and we have managed to work on after Dubai and reassess some of the things we have done well and some of the things we need to enhance and build on and be ruthless about.

“We know Australia is in our pool and what better team than to test yourself against and we are looking forward to it.

“When we do this sort of stuff to test yourself against the best, they are the best at the moment as they have set the standards and we have just got to chase the bag.

“If we can go one better than Dubai we will be happy and this will be our target and we have spoken to the girls about it, we learn from the mistakes we did in Dubai where we put ourselves under a lot of pressure and we have stepped up our fitness.

“There is lot of challenges but it is something we fight through it and the girls know that and they have been resilient. But looking at our fitness now so we are pretty much prepared for Sydney and we are looking forward to it.

“The team include players like Rusila Naqasau who after a year of injury has played again, Talica Vodo who missed out during the Olympics because she was involved in the fifteens side.

She is working hard and is fit and Joana Sauto after recovering from her injury and it is good to have her back.”

The Fijiana 7s side will face Ireland, Brazil and Australia in their pool.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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