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Fiji Rugby: ‘Need To Be Consistent’

Jury highlighted that they are aware about the competitiveness of Samoa and France. He indicated that Samoa played in the Cup final of the Las Vegas 7s while France played in the Cup finals of the Vancouver and Hong Kong 7s.
16 May 2019 13:59
Fiji Rugby: ‘Need To Be Consistent’
From left: Vilimoni Botitu and Aminiasi Tuimaba with a Fijian 7s fan at the Nadi International Airport on May 15, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Consistency in all aspects of play is very crucial for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team if they are to top the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series, says assistant coach Kane Jury.

Speaking to SUNsports from Nadi International Airport yesterday he said, the players are in excellent form as they go as one unit to play at the London and Paris tournaments.

“The most important thing for us is consistency,” Jury said.

The Fijians are in a tough Pool B where they face Samoa, France and Kenya.

Jury highlighted that they are aware about the competitiveness of Samoa and France. He indicated that Samoa played in the Cup final of the Las Vegas 7s while France played in the Cup finals of the Vancouver and Hong Kong 7s.

“But for us it is about consistency in our restarts and defence. The opportunity to go over to London to play is extraordinary and the boys are ready for it.”

USA are leading the Series standing with 145 points while Fiji are closely behind them with 142.

Jury indicated that going into the final two tournaments, it is not about chasing the other teams like USA.

“It is about getting better on every game. We found that out in Singapore as we were faced with a pretty tough situation after day 1 and in day 2 we put in a performance that we are proud of.”

Jury added that the boys after the Singapore and Hong Kong tournaments have been really good.

“It was a big development for the boys on and off the field. There were not many changes in the team but to maintain that cohesion in the team is very important.”

He said the return of Votua, Ba, native, Waisea Nacuqu has boosted the team’s chances.

“It is good to have Waisea Nacuqu back and it makes a big difference on the field as playmaker. A lot of development of the last two tournaments has been off the field particularly on their mental skills.

“It has been a lot more on going for the team during their community visits and also going to the children’s hospital. The development is about people and that will take them a long way,” Jury added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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