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Hitout Against Canada Today

The Kalione Nasoko- captained Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will play Canada in a scrimmaging session today. The Gareth Baber-coached side will defend the Hamilton leg of the World Sevens
22 Jan 2019 11:17
Hitout Against Canada Today
Fiji Airways 7's rep Sevuloni Mocenacagi, captain Kalioni Nasoko, Mesulame Kunavula, Apenisa Cakaubalavu and Aminiasi Tuimaba with fans at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Kalione Nasoko- captained Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will play Canada in a scrimmaging session today.

The Gareth Baber-coached side will defend the Hamilton leg of the World Sevens Series which kicks off at the FMG Stadium in Waikato on Saturday.

The Fijians take on Wales at 10.52am, Argentina at 2.42pm with the final clash against Australia at 6.52pm.

“We are playing against Canada on Tuesday morning,”Baber said at Nadi International Airport yesterday.

“The Canadians play very much like Australia, Argentina play like Fiji and Wales come with their style so we need to be ready with the different strategies the opposition will bring.”

 

No Pressure

Carrying the defending champions tag does not pose any pressure on the team, says Baber.

“We’ve won five tournaments last year so half of the tournaments this year we are going to be defending champions,”he said.

“We don’t really focus on that in terms of the team culture. It’s more about why we do it, who we do it for.

“I know it may sound a bit strange but the reality is Fijian players are the best in the world when they are free to think and they’re removed from distractions. My job as coach is to prepare them physically, mentally as well.”

Fiji (35) is in third position in the World Series standing behind leaders USA (38), and New Zealand (37).

“Every game is tough especially on the first day of the tournament,”he said.

“So we need to get it right from the start.”

 

No room for indiscipline

The doors remained open for players who want to return to the Gareth Baber coached Fiji Airways Sevens team.

Baber said there is zero tolerance on indiscipline for players who want to represent Fiji.

He made the comment after playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou was dropped for consuming alcohol at the Cape Town Sevens last month.

“The doors are always open.

“Vatemo needs to prove that he has changed then we can talk about getting him back in the team.”

Baber confirmed two more players will join the extended squad in the next leg.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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