Analysis

Players That Must Rise, Shine

They have been with the national 7s team camp for some time now and are no longer considered as newbies.
06 Apr 2019 10:00
Players That Must Rise, Shine
Apenisa Cakaubalavu (with ball) during training in Hong Kong. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber has named the 12 players that can do the job for us in Hong Kong.

This is the best squad, Baber can put together although he’ll be missing the services of key play­ers like injured captain Kalione Nasoko, Mesulame Kunavula, Vatemo Ravouvou and Amenoni Nasilasila.

But however, looking at the list there are certain players in the team that need to lift their game in Hong Kong and Singapore, if they are to be in contention for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

They have been with the national 7s team camp for some time now and are no longer considered as newbies.

They cannot be standing behind the senior players but instead they should be standing up with them as they lead on the younger play­ers.

These players are:

  • Apenisa Cakaubalavu: The Nar­oi, Moala native from Lau has been around with the national 7s team for the past years and this time he must show in Hong Kong 7s what he’s made out of.

Although at times, he has been inconsistent, but Apenisa strength is on his ball hunting skills and strong defence.

He’s quick to the breakdown and is very tough upfront.

Making the 12-member squad is a big plus for him but he should put on a solid performance to secure a spot on the run-on team.

  • Terio Tamani: The nippy play­maker must make use of this op­portunity.

This is his moment!

He needs to come out of his shell and be able to make decisions and execute them as well while on the field.

Tamani has been learning a lot from Jerry Tuwai when they are in camp and it’s now time for him to rise up and shine.

  • Livai Ikanikoda: This is his big test. Ikanikoda is a survivor. He recovered from a severe leg injury that threatened to end his career when it was virtually taking off.

After 8 years of perseverance, the Police Blue captain has made it back to the international stage.

If he shines then Livai is going to be our X-factor in Hong Kong since most teams don’t know much about him but if he doesn’t then that’s going to be the last of him in the series. So let’s wish him well.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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