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Forward for Fiji

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber’s new players are start­ing to make an impact in the World Sevens Series. Since making their debut at The Sevens in Dubai last
10 Dec 2018 10:01
Forward for Fiji
Day 1 at Cape Town 7s for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018, Cape Town, South Africa - Photos Martin Seras Lima

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber’s new players are start­ing to make an impact in the World Sevens Series.

Since making their debut at The Sevens in Dubai last week, Meli Derenalagi, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Vilimoni Botitu made the run–on teams at the Cape Town Sevens in South Af­rica.

Derenalagi is fitting in well upfront, taking on the roles once dominated by Jasa Veremalua and Semi Kunatani.

He has the ability to win kickoffs, defend well and be a good support player.

Tuimaba is establishing his mark on the wing and his speed off the mark is an added advantage.

Botitu provided the link and is an able, solid and always-there-when-the sup­port-is-needed type.

Baber should be happy with their input so far hav­ing lost one game in Dubai in their 5th place finish.

Yesterday, the Kalione Nasoko-captained side went through their pool games undefeated.

Fiji survived a late scare against England in the final match of the day to ensure they finished top with a 21-19 win.

They were two converted tries clear with just over a minute to play when Will Muir attacked the right-hand wing to dot down before Alex Davis did the same down the opposite side.

Muir’s try went uncon­verted and Fiji stole the ball from the restart in a thrilling climax.

Fiji had earlier run ram­pant against France (50-0) and Kenya (38-7) on an im­pressive opening day.

-Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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