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Hamilton 7s: Baber To Keep Opposition Guessing

Baber has kept Waisea Nacuqu, Livai Ikanikoda and Napolioni Bolaca in his line-up and would use them to his advantage when they face Samoa today at 12.47pm and Australia at 6.35pm.
25 Jan 2020 10:26
Hamilton 7s: Baber To Keep Opposition Guessing
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s (left-right) Waisea Nacuqu, Vilimoni Botitu, Meli Derenalagi, Napolioni Bolaca, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Asaeli Tuivuaka, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Josua Vakurinabili, Sevuloni Mocencagi during training at Fraser Tech Rugby Club ground in Hamilton, New Zealand on January 24, 2020. Photos: World Rugby

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber has opted to keep their pool opponents guessing when he selected his 12-member team yesterday.

Nippy speedster Alasio Naduva is the 13th player and will only be considered if one of the players is injured during the tournament.

Baber has kept Waisea Nacuqu, Livai Ikanikoda and Napolioni Bolaca in his line-up and would use them to his advantage when they face Samoa today at 12.47pm and Australia at 6.35pm.

“Utility players Waisea Nacuqu, Livai Ikanikoda and Napolioni Ratu can play in several positions in the back-line, offering us flexibility in our approach to each opponent” said Baber.

Also, forcing his return to the line-up is utility Asaeli Tuivuaka while Apenisa Cakaubalavu gets his chance to cement his spot in the forwards.

Cakaubalavu, a seasoned campaigned is very strong in defence and a very good support player. He was one of the unsung heroes when they hoisted the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series.

Fiji- Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Asaeli Tuivuaka, Kavekini Tabu, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Meli Derenalagi, Vilimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Jerry Tuwai, Livai Ikanikoda, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Napolioni Ratu, *Alasio Naduva.

Edited by Osea Bola

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