Far From Over: Derenalagi

Three factors that lifted our performance at the Sydney Sevens.
03 Feb 2020 07:58
Far From Over: Derenalagi
BOLACA DELIVERS... Fiji Airways Fijian 7s playmaker Napolioni Bolaca dives over to score his second try in the Cup final of the Sydney Sevens at the Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, Australia on February 2, 2020. Bolaca scored all of Fiji’s points as they beat South Africa 12-10. The Cup final was delayed by more than 30 minutes due to lightning and thunderstorms Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

This is not the end of it, says Fiji Airways Fijian 7s co-captain Meli Derenalagi.

The 21-year-old forward said the bigger challenge was to keep working hard on the bigger tasks ahead of them.

“We’re grateful to reach the final of the Sydney Sevens,” he said as they beat South Africa 12-10 in the Cup final.

Derenalagi thanked Fiji fans for being loyal to the team despite setbacks in Dubai, Cape Town and Hamilton.

The Fijians were on fire at the Bankwest Stadium, when they romped to a 28-14 win over Kenya, followed by the 26-5 drubbing of Series leaders New Zealand.

Yesterday, they thrashed Wales 55-0 to top Pool A and in the Cup semifinal, the Fijians edged out England 17-14.

The turnaround in performance were based on three factors;

  • Spreading the ball out wide and away from the contact areas.

The players were aggressive in the breakdown areas while at the restarts they kept the ball closer to Derenalagi and Josua Vakurinabili to contest. The tackles were also spot on.

  • The decision to start the experienced Vakurinabili in Sydney, made a big difference.

He made several strong runs, his offloads resulted in a couple of crucial tries, strong in defence and was also around supporting the ball carriers.

The inclusion of Apenisa Cakaubalavu in the Cup final was a timely one as well.

  • Our nippy playmaker Napolioni Bolaca is settling into his new role.

He kept the opposition guessing and often troubled them with his deceptive play and come the Olympics he will be our go-to-man.

With Waisea Nacuqu back from injury they should form a formidable combination

Edited by Sheldon Chanel


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