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Fiji 7s Rugby: Coach Gareth Baber Outlines His Plans

Baber said another notable area was the restarts and the need to take control and win possession.
03 Apr 2019 10:00
Fiji 7s Rugby: Coach Gareth Baber Outlines His Plans
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players after their gym session in Hong Kong on April 2, 2019. Front (left-right): Vilimoni Botitu, Jerry Tuwai. Second row (left-right): Asaeli Tuivoka, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Terio Tamani, Meli Derenalagi. Back: Aminiasi Tuimaba and Apenisa Cakaubalavu. Photo: ZoomFiji/ Bruce Southwick.

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team took to the gym yesterday while head coach Gareth Baber worked on finalising his 12-member squad for this weekend’s Hong Kong 7s.

Speaking to the Fiji SUN from Hong Kong yesterday, Baber said he was looking at a number of key areas to determine his final selection.

“My selection will be based on players’ behaviour and how they prepare themselves for that 14 minutes of play, especially their concentration when they are tired,” he said.

“How they deliver the energy, physicality with the mind-set of creating pressure on the opposition.”

Baber said another notable area was the restarts and the need to take control and win possession.

Obviously, there are other aspects, he says. Baber mentioned tackling techniques.

The Welshman indicated the importance of not having a one-track view of the players.

“You got to be able to combine those of that in one player and that’s to get our bits and pieces together before we take on the field this weekend. That’s the beauty of rugby,” he said.

Baber said he had been preparing the team that way.

“I want to provide an environment of consistency to the players and get them to know what their individual focus points are for their matches this weekend.”

Baber said the side had some younger players and for them the challenge was about going out there and making things happen.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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