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New Reps Impress Coach, Learning Still Continues

The new members of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team have impressed coach Gareth Baber. Speaking to SUNsports yester­day, Baber commended the perfor­mance of forward Meli Derenlagi, rover Vilimoni Botitu
31 Jan 2019 10:10
New Reps Impress Coach, Learning Still Continues
Captains of the men and women’s teams participating in this weekend’s Sydney 7s during a photo shoot at the Spotless Stadium in Australia on January 30, 2019. The women’s competition starts tomorrow while the men is on Saturday. Photo: World Rugby

The new members of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team have impressed coach Gareth Baber.

Speaking to SUNsports yester­day, Baber commended the perfor­mance of forward Meli Derenlagi, rover Vilimoni Botitu and winger Aminiasi Tuimaba as they were able to lift it to another level.

“For the newbies Derenalagi and Botitu they have come through the system of the Fiji Rugby Union as under- 20 reps,” he said.

“They’ve shown me what the coaches and academy managers have spoken about as we discuss about individual players, behav­iours and characteristics that they have as individuals and how they operate especially with the teams that they are involved in,” Baber said

“These players show character­istics of diligence, humility and keeping their games right.

“Tuimaba’s counter ruck was ab­solute on track over the weekend.

“He made some great decisions and in order to get a good counter ruck we need to make a good tackle.

“They are also the key players who always put their hands up and realise that they haven’t got it all right and they need to get the work done.

“And they are immensely blessed with the skill level that they have.

“So what I have done is basically surrounded these boys around the experienced players like Seremaia Tuwai, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Paula Dranisinukula and captain Kalione Nasoko.”

Baber said the senior players are still mentoring the youngsters on the training field and then going to tournaments is the best learning ground for them.”

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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