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  Timaima Ravisa is hopeful of a good showing by the Telecom Fijiana team at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas this weekend. And they were all fit and fine
04 Mar 2017 11:00
Showtime In Vegas
Some members of the Vodafone Fijian 7s reps and Telecom Fijiana players, and fans during the parade of nations in Las Vegas yesterday. Photo: Ian Muir

 

Timaima Ravisa is hopeful of a good showing by the Telecom Fijiana team at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas this weekend.

And they were all fit and fine after taking part in the parade of nations through Freemont Avenue yesterday.

The Iliesa Tanivula-coached side takes on Spain today at 4:39am, Ireland at 7:24am and USA at 9:47am.

Speaking from the Downtown Grand Hotel Ravisa said they would do their best at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

“All the three teams would be tough and we have trained to match the intensity,” she said.

Dubbed as ‘Small’ she said they were injury free and firm of a positive result.

“The girls are all looking fit and fine for the weekend and no one is injured,” she added.

Meanwhile, USA women’s head coach Richie Walker commended the effort of the Fijiana team in the series and expects a tough competition from the Fijians today.

“Fijiana may not have the trophies in its cabinet to match their male counterparts. But that does not mean the style of play is not reminiscent of the Rio 2016 gold medallists.

“The Fijiana have given the top-tier teams a run for their money on more than a few occasions, including three defeats of France and wins against Canada and Russia in the knockout rounds this season alone,” he said.

“We were successful in Australia. It’s pretty hard to get to the top but it’s even harder to stay there.

“We also know the lower-seeded teams are growing. We know teams in our pool are going to come out with everything they have because they’re getting better and better.”

Meanwhile, rugby commentator Maggie Alphonsi predicts a Canada-New Zealand final.

“However, I wouldn’t count out USA and I feel bad discounting Australia,” she said.

“As an outside pick I’d go for Fiji because I would love to see them make a semi-final or final. They have always been a nation that has been a threat, they have the potential and exciting athletes and wouldn’t it be great for the game if they could progress that far and who knows … even go on to win it.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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