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Baber Rates ‘Ice’

  Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber strongly believes veteran forward Isake Katonibau will continue to assist the team with his leadership qualities on the field during the Singapore
15 Apr 2017 12:52
Baber Rates ‘Ice’
Captains of the participating teams at the Singapore Sevens tournament which kick-off today at 3pm (Fijian time). Photo: World Rugby

 

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber strongly believes veteran forward Isake Katonibau will continue to assist the team with his leadership qualities on the field during the Singapore Sevens.

Dubbed ‘Ice’ he played an instrumental role in Hong Kong last weekend and was commended by Baber who believes Katonibau was the answer he was searching for.

“Katonibau played a good role in Hong Kong last week and gave the leadership elements I wanted in the group to get the players to stick to the standard and also played really well himself,” he said.

“He’s physical in everything he does, he was accurate in the way he played the game and showed those leadership qualities in the field which ably supported the qualities of Osea (Kolinisau), Jasa (Veremalua) and Jerry (Tuwai). That was positive for us and I hope to see it again this weekend,” Baber said.

Baber also rated Kalione Nasoko and Sevuloni Mocenacagi highly as they look forward to another exciting weekend.

“Nasoko played well I’m pleased with how he’s progressing  still a young man in terms of experience in 7s and I want him to keep going on that direction.

“Sevu had more game time and showed strengths in the game he plays, his work rate was at the top of the group and his abilities with the ball on hand and also his accuracy when making tackles.

“He has developed so I was very pleased how he was progressing and I want to see that again this week. Sevu is still an optional for centre or winger as well as a forward.”

First Light Taveuni playmaker Lemeki Tulele is the 13th men. “The three replacement players Lemeki (Tulele), Josua (Vici) and Paula (Dranisinukula) have settled in well, especially Lemeki and Josua. This is because they came with us from Hong Kong. They have come in and trained with us this week, and they have all done well,” Baber said.

Fiji play their first pool match against Hong Kong today at 4.52pm, their second pool match against Russia is at 7.50pm and against Canada at 12.06am early Sunday morning.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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