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Baber Happy With Paul, Tamani

Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Vatemo Ravouvou rejoined the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad at the Uprising Beach Resort, Pacific Harbour yesterday. Both were injured and missed out on the Singapore Sevens.
11 May 2018 10:17
Baber Happy With Paul, Tamani
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad during training at Uprising Resort ground on May 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Vatemo Ravouvou rejoined the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad at the Uprising Beach Resort, Pacific Harbour yesterday.

Both were injured and missed out on the Singapore Sevens.

Coach Gareth Baber confirmed Mocenacagi is doing light training and Kalione Nasoko is down with flu and has yet to join camp.

Keponi Paul, Terio Tamani and Batinisavu Uluiyata are also in camp.

Baber was pleased with the performances of Paul and Tamani at the Singapore 7s.

“Tamani is young and joins the extended squad after his good showing in the domestic competitions,” Baber said.

“He needs time and space to develop, he needs time to show everybody what we have seen in training and he is incredibly fit.

“He has got an exceptional skill level, he has become a massive asset and he is consistently doing this in training.

“Paul has a great work ethic.”

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad  during training at Uprising Resort ground on May 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad during training at Uprising Resort ground on May 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Respect for Others

Equal respect for every team they face is one way the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s side can be differentiated from the rest.

Baber said majority of their games were won from last plays and they will try their best to win the London-Paris leg of the 2017-18 World Sevens Series next month.

“The majority of our games in Singapore was won in the last play,” Baber said.

“This is because every team that plays us knows that they are playing in the final when they play Fiji.

“That’s great respect for us but we need to pay equal respect for every team we play, knowing that we will need to be at our best to win.

“The players have worked phenomenally hard, they have taken criticism, we all have, it is the nature of the sport.

“Fortunately we are doing some good things at the moment and we are getting the results needed.

“I think my job is developing players, make young men into international players and hopefully they develop as individuals as well, and that’s what I have done.”

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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