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Baber Rates Forwards

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Waisea Nacuqu(left) and Sevuloni Mocenacagi(far right) with a fan as they depart Las Vegas on March 5,2018. Photo: Eroni Sau
March 08
11:00 2018


Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber has commended the work rate of  Josua Vakurinabuli, Paula Dranisinukala and Sevuloni Mocenacagi  following the USA 7s last weekend.

“I continue to like the work that Josua and Paula provide for the team and need to ensure that they also get their rests in between  games to enable them to continue this throughout the tournament,” Baber said.

“I thought that Sevu is growing in the role of rover and his work with Naduva to create space on the edge caused the USA notable problems.”

The head coach also confirmed the players are all injury-free and team management is focusing on players’ recovery.

“We arrived in Vancouver on Tuesday and following a day of travel we ensured that the players spent time resting. There were some tired bodies but no serious injuries.

“Today (yesterday) followed our recovery format with light gym work and pool flush out and this afternoon we went to visit a local community where the boys helped the Canadian Rugby Union Development officers with skills clinics.

“Following this we had light training indoors before we go back on the training field tomorrow.”

The team is wary of  their opposition’s physicality. Baber also admits few silly errors which costs them the game against USA in the semi final of the USA 7s last Sunday where Fiji lost 7-19.

“The biggest challenge we faced was the physicality of both the Kenyans and the USA team. On such a narrow pitch, as it is in Vegas, we were conscious of this as an issue and were certainly second best to Kenya in this department.

“However, I felt that against USA we managed this well but we put ourselves under pressure with some individual errors and a yellow card which cost us two tries,” Baber said.

The team understands the importance of winning Vancouver 7s this weekend as it gives them a good chance to put them in good position winning the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens series.

“We are aware of how the points table stands at present and know that win here will put us right back in contention to winning the series.

Paula Dranisinukula impressed head coach Gareth Baber

Paula Dranisinukula impressed head coach Gareth Baber

“We need to be focused on what we want to achieve by ensuring that we look after the detail of our game and ourselves throughout the week,” Baber said.

Fiji play their first match against Spain on Sunday 6:36am, second game against France at 10:08am and their final pool match against Kenya at 1:40pm( Fiji time).

Meanwhile ,the Fijian 7s team visited Tsleil Waututh Cultural and Re-Creation Centre yesterday and conducted rugby clinics.

Edited by Anasilini  Ratuva



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