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Sir Gordon: Another Tough Pool At Canada 7s

The no-nonsense coach has begun working on his players to ensure they are focused on the task ahead.
08 Mar 2019 16:18
Sir Gordon: Another Tough Pool At Canada 7s
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber (third from left) and captain Kalione Nasoko present a gift from the Squamish community, north of Vancouver in Canada during the HSBC Canada 7s community programme. on March 5, 2019. Photo: Canada Sevens

Samoan 7s coach Sir Gordon Tietjens is wary of their pool opponents in this weekend’s Canada 7s in Vancouver.

The Samoans reached the Cup final of the USA 7s in Las Vegas where they went down to the host nation.

Going into the weekend, they are in Pool B alongside Olympic champions Fiji, Kenya and host Canada.

“Another tough pool: first game (against) Canada in Canada, you know?” Sir Gordon said.

“They always lift themselves for their crowd and of course our game against Canada (in Las Vegas) was very very close, it went right down to the wire.

“And that’s our first game – we’ve got to get off to a good start- and then we’ve got Kenya and Fiji so no easy games but that’s the challenge for us: can we back up in another tournament with a good tournament.”

The no-nonsense coach has begun working on his players to ensure they are focused on the task ahead.

 

NEW- LOOK FIJIAN SIDE?

Meanwhile, the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber is expected to name a young 13-member squad for this weekend’s competition.

The Fijians have lost key playmaker Waisea Nacuqu to a fractured collarbone while winger Aminiasi Tu­imaba faces a three-match ban.

This could see robust Namosi winger Asaeli Tuivoka making his series debut while Terio Tamani is given the responsibility at playmaker along with Vilimoni Botitu.

In the forwards, Baber is expected to retain cap­tain Kalione Nasoko, Mesulame Kunavula, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Meli Derenalagi, Josua Vakuriniabili and Paula Dranisinukula.

However, rookies Isoa Tabu and Batinisavu Uluiyata could force their way into the team.

 

POOLS

Pool A: USA, South Africa, Chile Wales;

Pool B: Samoa, Fiji, Kenya, Canada;

Pool C: New Zealand, Australia, Spain, France;

Pool D: Argentina, England, Scotland, Japan

FIXTURES- SUNDAY

5.08am England v Scotland; 5.30am Argentina v Japan; 5.52am Australia v Spain; 6.14am New Zea­land v France; 6.36am Fiji v Kenya; 6.58am Samoa v Canada; 7.20am South Africa v Chile; 7.42am USA v Wales; 8.40am England v Japan; 9.02am Argentina v Scotland; 9.24am Australia v France; 9.46am New Zea­land v Spain; 10.08am Fiji v Canada; 10.30am Samoa v Kenya; 10.52am South Africa v Wales; 11.14am USA v Chile; 12.12pm Scotland v Japan; 12.34pm Argentina v England; 12.56pm Spain v France; 1.18pm New Zealand v Australia; 1.40pm Kenya v Canada; 2.02pm Samoa v Fiji; 2.24pm Chile v Wales; 2.56pm USA v South Africa.

Edited by Osea Bola

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