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Baber: Don’t Count Us Out

The Fijians were in a much similar situation last year before they bounced back to hoist the Cape Town 7s crown on their way to win the Series.
14 Dec 2019 13:49
Baber: Don’t Count Us Out
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team are looking to restore lost pride by retaining the Cape Town 7s title in South Africa, this weekend. Photo: World Rugby

Power and speed are the weapons of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team as they try to restore lost pride at the Cape Town 7s tournament in South Africa.

Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber has called in forward Apenisa Cakaubalavu as the 13th player and has rested Terio Tamani. In case of an injury to captain Paula Dranisinukula, then Cakaubalavu is expected to keep the momentum in the forwards with this robust play.

This was missing in Dubai last weekend.

The Fijians were in a much similar situation last year before they bounced back to hoist the Cape Town 7s crown on their way to win the Series.

“I know people will already be writing us off in terms of winning the series and I’m not interested in that,” Baber said.

“I want to show that we are taking steps towards being the best team we can be.

“We are the defending Cape Town champions and came here a year ago in similar circumstances not having performed in Dubai and the senior players pulled things together.

“The biggest challenge we have is creating consistency by eradicating distractions and we have looked at that this week.”

Utility back Napolioni Ratu has made the cut and is in the run on side after being the 13th player at the Dubai 7s.

Fiiian 7s– Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Isoa Tabu, Paula Dranisinukula (capt), Kavekini Tabu, Meli Derenalagi, Vilimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Jerry Tuwai, Alasio Naduva, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Napolioni Ratu, Apenisa Cakaubalavu (13th player)

FULI MAKES ONE CHANGE

Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli has made a change to his 12-member team. Ana Mei comes in the squad after missing the Dubai 7s while Mereseini Leivere has been named as the 13th player.

They are expected to take another step in their performance at the Cape Town 7s where they are grouped with New Zealand, South Africa and Russia.

Fijiana-.Raijeli Daveua, Rusila Nagasau, Vasiti Solikoviti, Lavenia Tinai, Asinate Savu, Mereula Torooti, Tokasa Seniyasi, Veniana Riwai, Luisa Tisolo, Ana Maria Naimasi, Roela Radiniyavuna, Ana Mei, Mereseini Leivere

Edited by Osea Bola

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