Planning Ahead Of The World 7s Pack

Winning the Canada Sevens was a job well executed by the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber’s men. And, following the success at B C Place last weekend, the
16 Mar 2018 11:00
Planning Ahead Of The World 7s Pack
Fiji Airways 7s rep Batinisavu Uluiyata, Josua Vakurinabili, and Vasikali Mudu with fans at Nadi International Airport on March 14, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Winning the Canada Sevens was a job well executed by the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber’s men.

And, following the success at B C Place last weekend, the Welshman has already hit the ground planning for the three tournaments next month Hong Kong Sevens  (April 6-8), Commonwealth Games ( April 4-15) and Singapore Sevens (April 28-29).

Instead of returning home with the team on Wednesday, Baber flew direct to France from Canada possibly to scout for more firepower to boost the 7s armory for the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco on July.

In order to get the job done, Baber needs to get the processes in order and manpower available to him earlier in advance.

We can only beat the world best 7s nations with careful and astute planning.

This will allow the team to execute the game plan to perfection.

It’s unfortunate that the overseas players could not be available for the Commonwealth Games since it’s not a World Rugby sanctioned event.

But it is also a blessing in disguise as it gives our local players a chance to shine and impress on the world circuit.

In Vancouver, our local players proved to the world what they are capable of. And, under Baber they have done it three times already beating South Africa in the Hong Kong Sevens last year, beating the Blitzboks again at the Hamilton Sevens last month and in Vancouver last Monday.

And they seem to be improving and playing with confidence watching the way they dismantle a Kenya in the second half in the final on Monday.

It was clinical and smart display in which two tries in a row dented the spirit of the Kenyans.

Firstly it was the kick and chase which resulted in Alasio Raduva scoring.

The second was more direct and physical when Paula Dranisinikula powered his way to score from the lineout.

It was a well -executed move and much more of a delight to watch than some teams who are still resorting to executing the driving maul from the lineout in 7s.

Baber is making good calls in his run on team. At times he sends in playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou to stabilise and affirm control in the first seven minutes before replacing him with Amenoni Nasilasila who not only lifts the tempo, but always confuse the opposition with his deceptive, weaving runs and speed off the mark.

But the plus sign is the maturity on our young forwards in Dranisinukula, Kalione Nasoko, Mesulame Kunavula, Josua Vakurinabili, Vasikali Mudu and Batinisavu Uluiyata.

Again this means Baber doesn’t have to look far and wide or offshore for local talents.

Our local boys can rise to the call and deliver as well.

Edited by  Leone  Cabenatabua




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