Fuli: Room for Improvement

Fuli said the side had showed improvement in the last two tournaments due to the hard work in training.
04 Feb 2020 09:38
Fuli: Room for Improvement
From left: Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s reps Viniana Rawai, Vasiti Solikoviti, Lavenia Tinai, Ana Maria Roqica and Priscilla Siata at the Nadi International Airport on February 3, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli believes there is room for the side to improve even further before the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in July.

The side finished fifth in the Sydney 7s after they beat England 17-5 in the playoffs on Sunday at the Bankwest Stadium.

“There is room for improvement but it is passed from what we think we can achieve in terms of trying to be in the top four,” Fuli said.

“But there is another day to live, another day to train, another day to do the hard work and try to focus on the next tournament.

“As for the girls, I think they are proud of their performance. Overall, we need still need to do a lot of hard work, rugby wise and fore skills.

“We know that nothing is impossible and we still maintain our faith for the girls and also introduced girls that are not travelling in the squad who have game time.

“This is all part of the plan to build towards the Olympic. Some girls will come back from injuries and we will give every player the opportunity to play.”

New Zealand is still top of the Women’s Series standings with 96 points, with Australia and Canada in second place, both on 80.

France (70) is in fourth, followed by the USA (66), Russia (40), and Fiji (38) in the seventh spot.

Fuli said the side had shown improvement in the last two tournaments due to the hard work in training.

“It was a reward of hard work we did in the last four weeks and it was the sacrifice they did between Christmas and New Year,” he said.

“We knew it was the tough period for training between that season but hats off to the girls for maintaining that composure and also try to play consistent rugby such as in Hamilton and Sydney.

“It was new for the girls to play back to back tournaments and unfortunately, we lost players through injuries so they have to come back to Fiji.

“It was good that the rest of the girls maintain evolves their forwards in Sydney and starts to play positive rugby.”

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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