Analysis

Cut Bad Habits, Play Like Marist Champ

They won the tournament four years in-a-row from 2015-2018, lost out in 2019 and beat Police White 22-19 in the final last year.
24 Mar 2021 14:15
Cut Bad Habits, Play Like Marist Champ
Members of the Tabadamu 7’s team following team training for the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at Albert Park on March 23, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

It’s time for Tabadamu to get its 7s game back on track after slipping in the wet at Ratu Ganilau Park, Savusavu over the weekend.

After good first day, they lost out to Police Blue in the Cup semifinal 7-17 more to their bad habits copping three yellow cards in the third leg of the Super 7s Series.

Judging on performance and 7s depth, the team could have been the team to beat had it not been for indiscipline issues.

Old heads in the side need to lead by example as they defend the 45th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s which starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium.

The venue has been the Namosi –based side favourite hunting  ground when it comes to the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s.

They won the tournament four years in-a-row from 2015-2018, lost out in 2019 and beat Police White 22-19 in the final last year.

It’s almost likely that the two champion sides would end up in a ding-dong battle in who reigns in the Sapphire Anniversary of the tournament.

Police Blue and Tabadamu have so much in common in that they are loaded with so much 7s attributes.

What national coaches look for are in the sides-talents, experience, X-factors, skills, balance, strength in depth and speed to burn.

Police Blues won the Super 7s Series outright after dominating the first three events with the last to be held in Suva next month.

How they dismantled Wardens with absolute ease 36-0 in the Cup final showed they had so much firepower and strength in depth.

At halftime they had to pull out captain Keponi Paul replacing him with national squad member  Suliano Volivoli. Later in the second half, the Etonia Naba-coached side replaced the ever improving Rusiate Nasove with former national 7s captain Kalione Nasoko.

They won the series even without Olympians Samisoni Viriviri and Kitione Taliga.

But it would be interesting to see who would step on the main dais when the dust settles at the Laucala Bowl on Saturday.

The two sides are the best in the game with one being the Marist  7s reigning champ and the other dominating the Super 7s Series. Both are champions in their own right,

But it will be down to who plays it right, cut the bad habits on game day.

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