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Tanivula: We Need To Lift Our Fitness For Next Year’s Commonwealth Games And 7s World Cup

Telecom Fijiana 7s head coach Iliesa Tanivula believes fitness is paramount for the next season following their fourth place finish in the 2016/17 Women’s Sevens Series. The team returned home
29 Jun 2017 14:43
Tanivula: We Need To Lift Our Fitness For Next Year’s Commonwealth Games And 7s World Cup
From left: Telecom Fijiana 7s players Merewai Cumu, Asinate Savu and Timaima Ravisa at Nadi International Airport on June 28, 2017. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

Telecom Fijiana 7s head coach Iliesa Tanivula believes fitness is paramount for the next season following their fourth place finish in the 2016/17 Women’s Sevens Series.

The team returned home yesterday after the Clermont–Ferrand leg in Paris where they bowed out in the Cup quarterfinal against New Zealand 31–7, but finished in fifth place after defeating USA 24–19.

Now with the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup next year Tanivula says, they would need an early pre-season preparation and lift their fitness.

“For this season we started late with our pre-season preparation and for the next season we’ve  to get fitter and stronger now with the Commonwealth Games and World Cup next year. We just have to step out and get ready,” Tanivula said.

The former Auckland Blues winger was also impressed with the performance of the new players who made their debut this season. He also indicated that they were still looking for players.

“They have really stepped up this season, girls like Miriama Naiobasali and Merewai Cumu are young but we will look for young talents out there. If we can have them to come forth, it would be a great opportunity for them,” he said.

“Every year the competition is tough but we always review our performances through video footages.”

INJURED SKIPPER

Captain Ana Maria Roqica suffered a shoulder injury during their final pool match against Spain where they won 45–7.

“She did not play in the last two games but the 11 girls just stood up and played the game to the standard we wanted,” Tanivula said.

Despite losing the captain in the last two games Tanivula was impressed with the overall performance of the players.

“It was a proud moment for the girls and the team. I’m really humbled working with them,” he said.

Fijiana finished fourth in the overall Series standings with 66 points behind New Zealand, who finished first with 116. Australia was placed second with 100 while Canada took third spot with 98 points. 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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