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‘Power and Speed’

Expect a fast and powerful game from the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team in this week­end’s Sydney 7s at the Spotless Sta­dium, Australia. This was revealed by head coach Gareth
02 Feb 2019 10:20
‘Power and Speed’
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s winger Asinate Savu tries to crash her way past a Russian defender during their pool clash. Fijiana won 21-12. Report on page 77. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

Expect a fast and powerful game from the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team in this week­end’s Sydney 7s at the Spotless Sta­dium, Australia.

This was revealed by head coach Gareth Baber when he indicated that they are playing on a cricket pitch.

“We’ve been on the field this week and I’ve played in stadiums like this but what I do know about our play­ers is that they’re able to adapt very quickly,” he said.

“It’s not going to be a major issue playing in the field but in terms of the players they will keep in mind the different perception where touch lines are and the focus will be on the field.

“We had a good rotation of subs and to get some power and pace onto the field so I’m always looking at that bal­ance.

“It’s an AFL oval or cricket pitch which is flat so we’re mindful of it.”

Baber said they’re also aware of the extreme heatwave experienced over the week in Sydney in which they had shorter training sessions.

“We’ve done our training mostly in the morning as we made sure the players don’t get fatigue or sustain any serious injuries prior to the game day.

“However, we expecting it to be abit cooler in the weekend but the boys are okay and they know it’s not a major distraction to their perfor­mance.”

Baber also onfirmed that Waisea Nacuqu and Aminiasi Tuimaba have recovered from their sickness to make the final 12 squad.

WHAT’S ON TODAY

The Fijians play Japan at 3.28pm and face England at 6.02pm. The fi­nal pool game is against Samoa at 10.07pm.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: grace.narayan@fijisun.com.fj



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