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Baber’s Game Plan

Expect nothing fancy from the Vodafone Fijian 7s team at this weekend’s Paris Sevens at the Stade Jean Bouin Stadium in France. That was the gist of Vodafone Fijian 7s
10 May 2017 11:00
Baber’s Game Plan
Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Glen Cakautini during their gym session in Paris, France on May 9, 2017. Photo: FRU Media

Expect nothing fancy from the Vodafone Fijian 7s team at this weekend’s Paris Sevens at the Stade Jean Bouin Stadium in France.

That was the gist of Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber’s message as he indicated that they are going to stick to where their strength lies.

Speaking to SUNsports after a friendly match against France yesterday, the Welshman indicated the need for them to concentrate on their game and strengthen areas they are good at since other teams are out to shut them down.

“We have to develop our game. We need to stick to what we are good at, the way we can score tries and the quality in which we have in our continuity of our game and offloads, keeping the players aware of this is very important.

“The other big area of concentration will be the kickoffs, especially in our kick and chase to ensure that we get as much possession as we can.

“We have seen that having the ball in our hands can threaten anybody but obviously teams are looking to shut us down and take possession away from us.

“Finally we also need to work hard on our defence.

“Our defence is a big element in ensuring that we keep teams at bay and the shape of our defence is also important.

“The run on against the French team helped us work on these areas and we just need to continue the hard work leading up to the tournament.”

With three new players in the squad, (Josua Vakurinabili, Samu Bale and Glen Cakautini) who will make their debut in Paris, Baber says, the players are well-looked after and have adjusted to the time difference and climate.

“Our new players have not been to Europe and travelling this distance is something to get used to.

“They’ve adjusted well to the time here in France and had extra sleep so we’ve managed them through it and made sure they have eaten correctly and are kept hydrated.

“The boys are pretty excited about the tournament and are all doing well.”

Fiji’s pool opener against Samoa is set for 8pm on Saturday followed by Russia at 11.26pm before they face Australia on Sunday at 3.14am.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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