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Fijiana 7s Maintain Top 8 Target

Head coach Saiasi Fuli told SUN- sports they would fight tooth and nail to get through Pool C where they take on USA, Ireland, and England.
10 Apr 2019 10:00
Fijiana 7s Maintain Top 8 Target
Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team: (Standing left-right) Rusila Nagasau (captain), Lavenia Tinai, Raijieli Daveua, Vasiti Solikoviti, Sereana Nagatalevu, Merewalesi Rokouono, Luisa Tisolo, Ana Naimasi, Ana Roqica. Front ( left-right) Akanisi Sokoiwasa, Tokasa Senibuli, Paulini Koroiwaqa, Asinate Savu at Nadi International Airport on April 9, 2019. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Rusila Nagasau captained Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team have maintained their aim of a top eight finish at the Women’s HSBC World Sevens Series in Kitakyushu, Japan on April 20-21.

The team departed yesterday for a six-day training camp at Oita to allow the players to acclimatise to the local weather conditions.

Head coach Saiasi Fuli told SUN- sports they would fight tooth and nail to get through Pool C where they take on USA, Ireland, and England.

“We want to win games,” the former Fijian 7s halfback said. “Realistically it is not my job to tell the girls that we’ve to go to win the tournament.

“We need to work hard and win games.

“Winning games and try to reach the top eight is our objective. If we progress further then it will be a bonus for us. It is a tough pool with USA, Ireland and England.

“We are confident that we can scrap through our pool and reach the quarterfinals.

“It will depend on how we switch on every minute in every game.”

The Fijiana 7s side won the Challenge Trophy at the Sydney 7s in Australia.

Fuli added that next year would be tough after Brazil qualified to be in the core team of the women’s competition.

“That is what all the countries are trying to avoid in the tier one to be in the last position because they will be relegated automatically.”

“In Oita we need to keep on pushing and working hard. We’re there because of an invitation from the city,” Fuli said.

“This will also be the city that will host Fiji for the Rugby World Cup. So we are quite fortunate to be in the advance group to spend six days in Oita to acclimatise to the weather conditions and prepare for next weekend’s competition.

The tournament will be played at the Mikuni World Stadium, in Fukuoka.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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