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Better 7s: Baber

I feel that we fell foul to some refereeing inaccuracies but we have to be better overall to take these out of the equation-Gareth Baber. Gareth Baber demands players to
04 Jan 2018 16:31
Better 7s: Baber
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps Sevuloni Mocenacagi and (left) and Vatemo Ravouvou defends against South Africa in the Cup final of the Hong Kong Sevens final last year. Photo: World Rugby

I feel that we fell foul to some refereeing inaccuracies but we have to be better overall to take these out of the equation-Gareth Baber.

Gareth Baber demands players to be consistent in the second cluster of the World Sevens Series in the Sydney- Hamilton 7s tournaments later this month.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach stressed the importance of consistency as the 20-member extended squad marched into camp at the Uprising Beach Resort at Pacific Harbour yesterday.

Baber said he will focus on physical preparation as it is crucial for players to maintain their fitness level.

“There are 20 players in camp and we will be focusing initially on our physical preparation,” Baber said.

“I believe that our national side showed some good qualities in our attacking game at the Dubai and Cape Town tournaments.

“However we were inconsistent when we did not have the ball and lacked accuracy in our organization.

“Also I feel that we fell foul to some refereeing inaccuracies but we have to be better overall to take these out of the equation.”

He was pleased to have the presence of Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Eroni Sau and Alosio Naduva in the extended squad.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s player Kalioni Nasoko is one of the consistent players in the Gareth Baber-coached team in the World Sevens Series Photo:   World Rugby.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s player Kalioni Nasoko is one of the consistent players in the Gareth Baber-coached team in the World Sevens Series Photo: World Rugby.

“However, we will be working on number of different combinations in training over the coming weeks and it is good to have Mocenacagi back to full fitness and I will be looking at him linking up with the likes of Eroni Sau and Alosio Naduva in the backline.”

Mocenacagi was instrumental in the 22-0 over the Blitzboks in the final of the Hong Kong Sevens last year.

He is now becoming a complete 7s player, good in aerial battle, stern in defence and can break tackles with his powerful bursts.

He can play either in the front or back divisions and is now a matured and more disciplined player.

Fiji won only one tournament at the 2016-17 World Sevens Series and Baber would definitely want a repeat of the team’s mesmerizing performance at So Kon Po.

Packed with their customary flair and power, the Osea Kolinisau-captained side simply blew the Blitzboks off the park.

It was the highlight of Baber, the former Hong Kong mentor, coaching career.

Baber told World Rugby: “I am not sure, it doesn’t get more special than this.”

Fiji is in third place after two tournaments and it is important they register their first win either in Sydney or Hamilton.

It is another challenge for the players and Baber to dazzle and make the next tournaments their own.

The Sydney 7s is scheduled for January 26-28.Fiji is pooled with New Zealand, Wales and Russia.

  Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  grace.narayan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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