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Fiji 7s Coach Defends Fijians’ Style

‘Mike and I have met as coaches and talked about that with the referees’ assessor and the manager so Mike gave his opinion and the fact is that we did that but we won the game and we will continue to do so’
31 May 2019 15:49
Fiji 7s Coach Defends Fijians’ Style
Fijian Airways Fiji Sevens Coach Gareth Baber

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber disagrees with comments by USA 7S Coach Mike Friday against Fijian players.

Friday said the Fijians illegally crawled on their hands and feet during rucks in their semi-final, which USA lost 10-17 during the London 7s last weekend.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, the Welshman said he discussed with the referees assessor the issues and it won’t affect them in achieving their goal in winning the series in Paris.

“Mike and I have met as coaches and talked about that with the referees’ assessor and the manager so Mike gave his opinion and the fact is that we did that but we won the game and we will continue to do so,”Baber said.

“Absolutely, we are just down to one tournament and we are vying to win this tournament and finish on top of the points table.

“We know that it’s not going to be easy and all we are focused on is to win this final leg and win series.

“My expectation is for the team to perform to the best level just as last week. And try to maintain the same standards for every 14 minutes of the game we play and to get the momentum of the players up especially with their physicality.”

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Seremaia Tuwai withFijian fans in Paris, on May 30, 2019.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Seremaia Tuwai withFijian fans in Paris, on May 30, 2019.

Meanwhile, Fiji needs to finish ahead of USA in the Paris 7s this weekend to claim their fourth HSBC series title. Fiji will take on England in their first pool match at 10.50pm this Saturday, Argentina at 2.16am this Sunday and Ireland at 5.42am in their last pool match.

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