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Win Boosts Reps

We want to make sure we do and emulate  what the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians did last weekend in France. The win certainly was an added boost. – Gareth Baber
30 Nov 2018 10:52
Win Boosts Reps
ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps Waisea Nacuqu and Sevuloni Mocenacagi at the top of Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, the tallest building in the world. Photo: Alasio Naduva

We want to make sure we do and emulate  what the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians did last weekend in France. The win certainly was an added boost.

– Gareth Baber

 

The historic win in France over the weekend has inspired the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team to win the World Sevens Series in Dubai which starts today at 7he Sevens.

During a Zoom interview before the captain’s run yesterday, coach Gareth Baber said the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians beating France 21-14 was brilliant.

“The Flying Fijians beating France in France was phenomenal,”Baber said.

“There is a huge pride in what coach John McKee and his team have done to getting the team ranked 8th for the first time by World Rugby.

“It’s ironic that we face France straight up in our first game in Dubai. It gives us a boost and confidence to the way that we play as Fijians.

“We want to make sure we do and emulate  what the Flying Fijians did last weekend. The win certainly was an added boost.

“The players are doing okay. We progressed through the week as we normally do. The start of the week is always used for training then we taper down towards competition phase.

“The week has been good and the players are all healthy and fit. I’ve pushed them all the way because I like to keep them on their toes in terms of selection until the very last moment.”

Baber said the friendly match against United States was a great build-up.

“I’m not particularly a big fan of these kinds of games because it becomes like a game of touch rather than a game of sevens,” Baber said.

“But I was quite pleased in the way that we reacted around tackles, how quickly we got in there and turned the ball over. But also then how we went in and broke up the opposition when we had the ball.

“The U.S came with a very structured way and we managed it quite well. I was pleased with what I saw.

“I was particularly pleased with Filimone Tuimaba, who grabbed a couple of tries, and hopefully he can produce that once again for us this weekend.

“Beniamino Vota was a workhorse. He’s a strong and powerful player and we’re looking to use those elements from his game this weekend.”

He rated their pool opponents France, Scotland and Kenya as they have equal capacity in creating upsets.

“The three teams will provide threats because they all play differently. But ultimately it’s about creating focus as a team around what we do.

“I know the opposition will be looking at us and eyeing our players and the style that we’re going to play. The reality is if we get into our game, it’s going to be hard to stop us.

“I’m a big believer in keeping a strong balance in what we do.”

Today Fiji play France at 7.06pm, Scotland at 10.06pm and Kenya at 4.06am tomorrow.

Edited by Osea Bola

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