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Baber On Dubai Challenge

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber plans to put everything into place as they target to win the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series. The Seremaia Tuwai-captained side lost
26 Oct 2018 11:00
Baber On Dubai Challenge
Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber plans to put everything into place as they target to win the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series.

The Seremaia Tuwai-captained side lost out on winning the 2017/18 series in the last tourna­ment in Paris, France where they went down to England in the Cup quarterfinal. If they had won they would have edged out eventual win­ners South Africa.

Speaking to SUNsports in Labasa yesterday, Baber said in Fiji there was an expectation for the team to win every time.

He said with the Uprising Resort in Pacific Harbour, undergoing renovations, they would find other means and ways to prepare for the series.

“Our target is to win the series and this is what we are aiming for, we were second last year and third in the year before,” he said.

“Obviously, we want to go a fur­ther step now and win this year’s series. If we can than it will boost our 2020 Olympic Games campaign in Japan.

“After returning from the world cup, we’ve been working hard. With five weeks away from the first leg of the series, the boys are currently carrying out their own training

“Our usual spot of preparations at Pacific Harbour is currently renovated which is making it hard for us.

“But when we win we do it for the right reasons. I think when the pressure comes it could be a good motivator taking us to the right places. We will give everything we can to win this year’s series,” he added.

DUBAI POOLS

The Fijians have been drawn in Pool B of the Dubai 7s which is from November 30- December 1.

They face Kenya, Scotland and France.

World Series champions, South Africa lead Pool A alongside Ar­gentina, Samoa and Zimbabwe.

World Cup 7s champions New Zea­land are in Pool C with USA, Spain and Wales while Australia top Pool D where they play England, Cana­da and Japan.

Baber expects the national side to put on their best performance from the first pool match.

WHAT TO EXPECT

He said the three teams in their pool have different game styles and they should be prepared for it.

“The draw provides a mix of styles for us to combat. We are aware of the physicality that Kenya bring, Scotland will want to create pressure through moving the ball from edge to edge while France will look to individual game breakers to give them the advantage.

“This will keep us on our toes and we should hungry to put in place our game.

“I’m expecting them to come out and play as it is the final. They know where we have been this year and know what we are aiming to do. They have been a force in the series in the last two years.

“So we will take no team for granted. We don’t have to wait to do that. It is a matter of taking each game as they come,” Baber added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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