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Fiji 7s Captain Set Target On USA

Dranisinukula, says every little thing counts if we are to win Series
09 May 2019 16:33
Fiji 7s Captain Set Target On USA
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Paula Dranisinukula at Albert Park, Suva on May 8, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Paula Dranisinukula believes the players are adamant to take on the challenge in the last leg of the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series in London and Paris.

Although in second spot of the Series table, the Fijians are confident of get­ting the top spot.

The Navuniivi in Navitilevu, Ra na­tive and the players know how to coun­ter USA.

“USA is a tough opponent and they study us well,” he said.

“They can’t cope with our offload game. They can’t defend our offload game and if we score two tries in the first half then again in the second half they will just give up, they can’t cope.

“If they want to beat us they keep ball away from us and maintain pressure throughout the game. We are working on applying pressure for 14 minutes, it will be a good challenge.”

Dranisnukula said although secur­ing the number one position in the series is the team’s main focus but it would not be easy.

“The boys can’t wait to go and play the last leg and take on the challenge. It will not be easy we will sweat and bleed for it but the boys are ready,” he added.

On and off the field discipline is the main area the captain is focussing on to improve on from the previous legs in order for them to secure the number one spot.

“Every small things count, especially on our discipline and timing has to be right. Every off the field task counts before you win the tournament.”

Head coach Gareth Baber said dur­ing training they have focused on ar­eas like speed movement and also on areas of contact.

“We know we got a job to do,” he add­ed.

DISCIPLINE ISSUE

During training Police Commission­er Brigadier- General Stiveni Qiliho was at the ground to meet forward Me­sulame Kunavula and address a few disciplinary issues with him.

The lanky forward is a member of the Fiji Police Force.

Also training with the national 7s team is Police forward Suliano Volivo­li and veteran playmaker Livai Ikan­ikoda who did well in the Hong Kong and Singapore 7s.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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