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Olympian Kitione Taliga Shows Touches Of Gold At Uprising 7s

Head coach Gareth Baber said Taliga had been trying to find his form of old while playing for Police for the past seven months.
06 Feb 2021 11:56
Olympian Kitione Taliga Shows Touches Of Gold At Uprising 7s
Fijian Sevens player Kitione Taliga attacks against Cross of Victory Deuba during the Mobil Uprising Sevens tournament in Pacific Habour, on February 5, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Olympian Kitione Taliga is starting to show the class he produced during the 2016 Olympic Games gold medal win in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He showed this yesterday while playing for the Fijian 7s team at the Mobil Uprising Sevens tournament at Pacific Harbour, Deuba.

Head coach Gareth Baber said Taliga had been trying to find his form of old while playing for Police for the past seven months.

Taliga and Vatemo Ravouvou were key playmakers in the gold medal winning team

“Taliga is getting better on his fitness,” Baber said.

“Taliga is an experienced player, has an Olympic gold medal around his neck. He has quality in his catch and pass, which is something we need. Vatemo (Ravouvou) used to play first, like Amenoni (Nasilasila) did. Taliga has got a great kicking game as well.”

Injuries 

Baber also pointed out his concern over the injuries suffered by players in the training squad with the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan only months away.

The national 7s team fielded one team after rover Onisi Ratave and former captain Kalioni Nasoko sustained injuries

Fiji Sevens coach Gareth Baber during the Mobile Upraising Sevens tournament in Pacific Habour on the 5th February 2021. Photo- Leon Lord

Fiji Sevens coach Gareth Baber during the Mobile Upraising Sevens tournament in Pacific Habour on the 5th February 2021. Photo- Leon Lord

“Onisi is down with a knee injury while Nasoko injured his jaw.

“Jerry Tuwai and Napolioni Ratu are both sick with infections.

“We will make sure they get back into training before the next tournament.”

“We did have Meli Derenalagi as well with his knee injury.

“There are things we are managing and we want them to be where they can be come July. My job is to manage them now.”

Pressure

After their pool games, the Welshman said, he was happy to see other teams pressuring them.

“That is exactly what we wanted to see,” Baber said.

He wants to improve on their attack and concentration before the next tournament.

“You don’t just stand still and pass the ball. It is a mind game, you need to put things on to the game and make it difficult. Also the need to increase the level of concentration on the field. It happens quickly the ball is only played for six minutes so you got to concentrate for six minutes.”

Baber pointed the need for the players to improve on their discipline.

“The discipline side is very important, it has been going well and I want to see that maintained throughout the weekend,” he added

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