Fijiana Needs To Lift Work Rate: Fuli

“If they (Fijiana) don’t fight for what they want, then we don’t expect them to cry for what they lose.” -Coach Fuli
03 Feb 2021 14:15
Fijiana Needs To Lift Work Rate: Fuli
Mt Masada player Adi Vani Buleki runs away from Seahawlks defence during the Fiji Rugby Union Super Sevens Series 2021 at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa Park on the January 22, 2021. She is a squad member in both Fijiana 7s and 15s. Photo: Leon Lord

The Fijiana 7s squad needs to work extra hard this month and play as much rugby for match fitness and moulding the right combination.

Coach, Saiasi Fuli, while happy with their training progress indicated that they need to continue working hard.

The Fijiana squad has been in camp since the start of the year.

Their first tournament was the Super 7s series at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, last month where they were divided into two sets, Mt Masada and Mt Carmel.

“We have been training and camping the last four weeks,” Fuli said.

“So far so good in terms of physical development, technical skills, fitness and their mental fortitude,” Fuli said.

“We set individual targets and team goals and the responses have been quite remarkable.

“As we’ve welcomed February; we have laid some challenges and goals to achieve.

“If they (Fijiana) don’t fight for what they want, then we don’t expect them to cry for what they lose.”

Mt Masada and Mt Carmel clashed in the recent Super 7s series final. Mt Masada won 15-0.

“The first super series is a positive platform for us; we had split into two teams based on fitness standard and game management,” Fuli said

“It was a great platform to test where they were in terms of combination and fitness.

“Mt Carmel formed by players coming back from injuries and rehab and working hard on their fitness.

“We will continue to work extra hard this month and play as much rugby as we can for match fitness and molding the right combination.

“We will focus more on breakdown dominance and execution, sharpen our C&P core skills, decision making on the edges.”

He says that the 16 women in the Fijiana 7s squad are also part of the Fijiana 15s squad in preparation for the Rugby World Cup.

“So right now they are jumping codes and we are managing their training load and balance the book of rugby micro skills when they cross over to 15s and back.”

Some of the 16 women include Rusila Nagasau, Rajieli Daveua, Sesenieli Donu, Vani Buleki, Lavenia Tinai, Ema Adivitaloga, Rajieli Uluinayau, Viniana Riwai, Lavena Cavuru, Roela Radiniyavuna, Ana Naimasi, Aloesi Nakoci and Akanisi Sokoiwasa.

Rugby World Cup 2021 is set to break new ground as the ninth edition of the tournament is hosted in the southern hemisphere for the first time, taking place from September 18- October 16, 2021 across three match venues in New Zealand.



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