HK Special: Baber

  Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber believes victory at the Hong Kong Sevens next month is a must for the team. The fourth leg of the World Sevens
24 Mar 2017 12:06
HK Special: Baber
Vodafone Fiji 7s forwards work on their scrum during training yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.


Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber believes victory at the Hong Kong Sevens next month is a must for the team.

The fourth leg of the World Sevens Series will be held in Hong Kong on April 7-9 and Singapore on April 15-16.

“It will be special to me because my family is there and we all know Hong Kong is special to all Fijians and that is what we want to do.

“We want to do everybody proud and make sure we get victory,” Baber said.

The team marched into camp on Monday and had yo-yo test and Baber was impressed with  Pio Tuwai and Isake ‘Ice’ Katonibau.

“Pio and Ice did the test and they did okay. It was good they showed what we expected showing their standard. They play at the Marist 7s this weekend and we will see how they go, they are not far from our expected standard.

“It was all good to see all the players did the test, we have worked hard. We know few things we need to work on, we are not stupid in thinking what could be done,” Baber added.

He said squad is injury free and moving in the right direction.

“There is no injury which is good, we are moving in a right direction,” he added.

“These players have trained well nobody is far off it, I suppose joining the camp is gaining confidence, understanding the way we do things. I want to make sure that any player that wants to come in is right up to the level where they need to be,” he said.

Fiji is grouped alongside New Zealand, Wales and Japan in Pool C and Baber admits kicking game needs to improve.

“Kicking and receiving was the main problem in Vegas and Vancouver we didn’t have the technique and strength to be able to live with that, my fault we should devote more time to the players to get that done.

“We are working hard on that and try to get better,” Baber said.


Gadolo guides forwards

Fiji Rugby Union high performance unit Academy coaching director and former national XV hooker Viliame Gadolo is currently with the squad guiding the forwards.

“I was not a prop forward or hooker but Bill is knowledgeable and having people like that to come in and deliver is good.

“Scrummaging in 7s is different than scrummaging in 15s but the principles remain the same,” Baber added.


Marist 7s

Baber will be at the ANZ Stadium today and tomorrow scouting for players and also watch the performance of the national players who will play for their respective clubs during the two days tourney.

He  expects the national players like Jasa Veremalua(Hideaway Hurricanes), Alifereti Veitokani(Hideaway Hurricanes), Pio Tuwai(Yasawa Stingers), Isake Katonibau(Army),Amenoni Nasilasila(Ratu Filise),Sevuloni Mocenacagi(Yamacia), Nacanieli Labalaba(Yasawa Stingers), Setareki Bituniyata(Uluinakau), Nemani Nagusa(Hideaway Hurricanes), Masivesi Dakuwaqa(Army) and Josua Vici(Army) to impress for their respective clubs.

“I want to see these players playing above from what other players are doing. My job is to create more competition. Everybody got the right to push themselves into selection and that’s what I want to see.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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