Sevens Wrap Up A Week Of Preparation At The Dunes

“We keep talking about being able to put back to back tournaments to­gether and have that consistency.”
17 Feb 2019 10:00
Sevens Wrap Up A Week Of Preparation At The Dunes
Fiji Airways 7’s team during training at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Gareth Baber knows his players need to be at their best form if they are to win the Las Vegas-Vancouver leg of the World Sevens Se­ries next month.

And the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach is doing it the tough way through­out the week culminating with the hard grind at the Sigatoka sand dunes yester­day morning.

“At the sand dunes you certainly ask questions about yourselves,” Baber said.

“You see other people going through the same process and you need to prove that you have the ability to be selected to play in the next two tournaments.

“They have worked hard all week. It’s always a good asset for players who haven’t been in our environment to sud­denly understand the way we trained and what’s expected of them. But they have all worked hard from when we started on Tuesday right through to Sat­urday morning at the dunes.

“I think that they get the levels of un­derstanding that they need to be at and they showed courage to date with the others to stay and work hard and keep pushing and I have been pleased with their work efforts.”

Out of the last four tournaments, Fiji have won two in Cape Town and Hamilton and now third on 72 points behind joint leaders New Zealand and USA (76).

“It is huge, every tournament and there is good competition from New Zealand, USA, South Africa, England,” Baber said.

“We all know that if you’re off your game by a percent or two, any team can catch anybody and that’s where we need to put ourselves on top of our game.

“We keep talking about being able to put back to back tournaments to­gether and have that consistency.”

Fiji are top seed in Pool D along­side Australia, Wales and Scotland at the Las Vegas 7s which kicks off on March 1-3 and Vancouver 7s the following weekend.

Meanwhile, Baber confirmed Ser­emaia Tuwai and is recovering from a hamstring injury and skip­per Kalione Nasoko had a slight sprain on his ankle during training on Thursday .

“We trained against each other on some games on Thursday. We’ve got to do contact against each other. Playing and training against other teams is always going to be diffi­cult,” Baber said.

“You guard against what you can but you again have to pick up a cou­ple of things. There is nothing ma­jor to worry about for Nasoko and Tuwai but I think the sand dunes was not the best place for them to be so we have put them in the gym in Lawaqa.”

They return to camp tomorrow to resume training at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka. Edited by Osea Bola


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