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Test For The Tried, Faithful

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber and his South Africa counterpart Neil Powell are banking on the tried and the tested for the crunch pool match tomorrow.
14 Dec 2019 17:51
Test For The Tried, Faithful
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber monitors the team’s training at Kings College in Cape Town on December 13, 2019. Photo: Fiji Rugby Union

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber and his South Africa counterpart Neil Powell are banking on the tried and the tested for the crunch pool match tomorrow.

The match against the host’s and the defending Cape Town Sevens champions is expected to be a crackerjack.

It’s a game where Baber and his men must rise to the occasion after a dismal show in Dubai while the Blitzbok will try to continue where they left off at The Sevens by doing a double in Mother City.

Powell has named an unchanged tournament squad with Siviwe Soyizwapi leading the same 11 men on the field that left Dubai last weekend as gold medal winners.

Obviously there was no real need for Powell to change the squad after they did so well in Dubai.

Any coach would be pleased by how the Blitzbok bonded and progressed during the tournament.

On the hand, Baber has brought in Apenisa Cakaubalavu as the official reserve (13th) with Napolioni Ratu among the 12 players replacing Terio Tamani.

Both teams boast an experience pack but Baber will depend on veteran Seremaia Tuwai, who scored his 100th try at the Cape Town Sevens last season, to light up Fiji’s defence.

Tuwai needs to provide the spark for Fiji to silence the home fans.

He has now played in 40 tournaments, amassed 614 points and scored 122 tries.

On the other hand, Powell will bank on veteran Chris Dry who has played in 69 tournaments, amassed 480 points and scored 96 tries, to lead the series leader to another win.

It’s teamwork, sticking to the structure, system that has been the mainstay of the Blitzboks under Powell.

Baber‘s men must believe in the system, in each other and not as individuals and nothing can go wrong.

They know what went wrong in Dubai and it’s now redemption time.

Defending the Cape Town Sevens is doable.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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