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Baber: New Start In HK

Gareth Baber aims to end Fiji’s winless jinx of the 2016-17 World Sevens Series in Hong Kong next month. After six tournaments with a title, the Vodafone Fijian 7s coach
16 Mar 2017 11:00
Baber: New Start In HK
Vodafone 7s team receives the bunus cheque from sponsors Vodafone Fiji at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Gareth Baber aims to end Fiji’s winless jinx of the 2016-17 World Sevens Series in Hong Kong next month.

After six tournaments with a title, the Vodafone Fijian 7s coach upon arrival at Nadi International Airport yesterday said they have more work to do.

“I want to go and win the HK 7s and Yes I want to please the Fijians, not only in Fiji but around the world and in Hong Kong as well,” he said.

“I don’t look at it as outcomes I look at it as process to get to where we need.

“We are little shy of that at the moment but I will also be aware that there are number of players that are growing in the game, they need to have that exposure.”

Fiji lost to England 40-7 in the Cup semifinal in a one-sided match with Fijians committed a lot of basic mistakes, tactics and England did their homework.”

The side finished second in Las Vegas and third place in Vancouver.

“England gave us a lesson in the semi-finals and we can’t walk away from that. I want to get those semi-finals and I want to get that win,” he said.

“We always wanted more, we want to push ourselves into the finals and get ourselves to the first place where the group is going.

“There are good teams out there at the moment. We have learnt our lesson from England, I was very proud in Vancouver the way we recovered, and we are pleased with that. We know we have got a lot of work to do,” he said.

“It has been a tough environment but ultimately we have had some discipline issues and that is my job to ensure that creating the right discipline around the players and the right understanding what is necessary on international level.

“Ultimately it’s about performance and it’s about winning games, and it’s about being on the top of the game and we know we got a little of work on that.”

Skipper Osea Kolinisau is deem under pressure by the coach, just like other players in the god given game.

“He is a captain for a reason because of way of plays and the attitude he has,” he said.

“Yes! He is under pressure and every player is under pressure in the team. Everybody in the team is under pressure and we all try to get better as we develop strongly.

“South Africa played really well and I think we need to match that consistency.

Vodafone Fiji head of enterprise development Antonio Kitione presented the team with the bonus of $25,000.

$10,000 for their third place finish at Vancouver, Canada. $15,000 for their semi-final lost to South Africa in Las Vegas.

“We would like to thank you for all the work that you’ve done your service to the team and we wish all the best to the upcoming matches and we know it is not easy,” Kitione said. The team returns to camp on Monday. Edited by Osea Bola

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