SPORTS

Forwards Focus

Coach Gareth Baber calls for big response from players in Hamilton this weekend Gareth Baber focuses on strengthening their game at the Hamilton leg of the World Sevens Series this
02 Feb 2018 11:00
Forwards Focus
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber with fan Vaughn Tabuavou in Hamilton on January 31,2018. Photo: Tanya Tabuavou

Coach Gareth Baber calls for big response from players in Hamilton this weekend

Gareth Baber focuses on strengthening their game at the Hamilton leg of the World Sevens Series this weekend.

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach admitted failing to win kickoffs in the Cup quarterfinal against USA and New Zealand in the fifth place playoff led to team finishing sixth in Sydney.

“We were very poor at the kickoffs against USA and New Zealand in Sydney,”Baber said.

“We have looked at plans to combat that this weekend during our pool games against Wales, Spain and Australia.

“This week we have been focusing on responding and moving forward as a team.”

The Welshman believes the under- performances in Dubai, Cape Town and Sydney is part of developing players at this level.

Baber said the players were hurting following their disappointing finish in the three tournaments.

“The players are obviously hurting from those under performances but it’s a necessary part of developing at this level and we are looking at a big response.

“Players have to learn quickly and react accordingly on the field. We have talked at length around how competitive this level of rugby is and how the players have to prepare individually to meet that challenge,” he added.

Fiji plays Wales at 11:36am tomorrow, Spain at 3:02pm and Australia at 6:50pm.

 

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



5square-mothersday


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Covid 19 - SPC
Total
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper