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Baber Optimistic

  Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber is hopeful that the team will deliver the positive results despite the absence of Hamilton 7s star player Alosio Naduva in
01 Mar 2018 11:00
Baber Optimistic
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team during their visit at Harriet Treem Elementary School on February 28,2018 as they prepare for Las Vegas 7s. Photo: Gabby Abariga

 

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber is hopeful that the team will deliver the positive results despite the absence of Hamilton 7s star player Alosio Naduva in Las Vegas this weekend.

The Las Vegas 7s will kickoff at Sam Boyd Stadium on March 2-4.

Baber says pressure is on the team to maintain consistency following their cup final win in Hamilton where they defeated the star studded South Africa side 24-17.

“As pressure is on, expectations rise for the squad to go and do it again this weekend,” Baber said.

Even though the team will be without Naduva Baber believes he has players who will fill in the winger position.

“We saw him in action at Hamilton 7s and it will be good to see him again this weekend but he will be missed by the team and this weekend the boys will play for him.

“We have players who could be good weapons in the team.”

 

Team visit Harriet Treem Elementary School

The Fijian 7s team took time out from training yesterday and visited students of Harriet Treem Elementary School where they conducted rugby clinic.

School Principal Yvette Tippetts says that the presence of Head Coach Gareth Barber and Team Fiji at the school was a blessing indeed for all and that the response and active participation by the students was evident that everyone had enjoyed themselves.

Captain Seremaia Tuwai presented a beautiful Fijian carving gift to the principal.

“I will always treasure this gift and do look forward to the team’s return next year,” Tippetts said.

Coach Baber says the visit has boosted the morale of the team.

“It was a fantastic visit, it’s a good mechanism for us to get focussed,” Baber said.

Fiji will play Russia in their first pool match at 12.06pm this Saturday and takes on France at 3:07pm and then will play Kenya at 8.36am on Sunday. (Fijitime)

The Cup quarters starts at 1.26pm this Sunday while the Cup semis will be held at 9:12am next Monday while the Cup final will kick off at 12.30pm Monday. (Fijitime)

 

Edited by  George Matai

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