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Fijiana 7s Need To Work Hard, Says Coach

The Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team need to do a lot of work before the Women’s HSBC World Sevens Series gets underway in Dubai from November 29-30. These were the
11 Nov 2018 12:15
Fijiana 7s Need To Work Hard, Says Coach
Poor defence is a concern for Fijiana 7s coach Ro Alivereti Doviverata during the Oceania 7s at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team need to do a lot of work before the Women’s HSBC World Sevens Series gets underway in Dubai from November 29-30.

These were the words of interim Fijiana 7s coach Ro Alifereti Doviverata after they lost 29-0 to Australia in the Cup semi-final of the Oceania Sevens tournament yesterday.

The former Flying Fijians skipper said they need to work hard on improving their weaknesses.

“The two-day experience was a really good a thing for the girls,” he told SUNsports yesterday.

“We have a lot to learn and work on before our next tournament. We need to improve on our defence and attack as well. Those are areas the players lacked during their matches against New Zealand and Australia.

“The players will also need to focus on their discipline. They need also need to have a lot of confidence when working together as a team.”

The Fijiana 7s team are in Pool C where they face Canada, France and Spain.

 

STANNARD: ONE STEP AT A TIME

Australian Women’s 7s coach James Stannard said they would not rush things but instead take each game at a time as they build up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“We’ll be taking each tournament as it comes. We’re not looking too far ahead.

“We are still in fifth spot in the series but we need to improve in order to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games.”

Stannard said they need to prove ourselves first in Dubai and then we will prepare for the Olympics.

“For Oceania, the girls really fought hard in all the games have played in. They have shown a lot of courage. For our preparation for Dubai we will need to go back and prepare on areas that we need to focus on,” he added.

 

NEW CHAMPIONS

Australia beat defending champions New Zealand 14-10 in the women’s Cup final while the Fijiana 7s side thrashed Papua New Guinea 33-5 to scoop third place.

 

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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