Baber On Final Olympic 12

“There will be something throwing up and that’s always the case so we have to go back and revisit our training and develop them before Japan.
24 Jun 2021 13:34
Baber On Final Olympic 12
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber on .Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Fijian men’s 7s head coach Gareth Baber has set his sights on not only defending the Oceania title but to gauge player’s performance.

Baber told Oceania Sevens Media that he would be monitoring his players when the competition starts tomorrow.

“I suppose to just check on our benchmark compared to others and the other teams will also be thinking on the same thing,” he said.

“New Zealand and Australia have had the chance to play against each other earlier last month.

“There are a lot of unknown so we are just checking on where you are in terms of progression.

“I know we have another four weeks after the tournament where we are going to make our selection.

“We are going to have some period where we can get back to our training before we can progress up to Japan.”

Baber said they are hoping to learn from their mistakes and areas of their game that are going to be exploited.

“There will be something throwing up and that’s always the case so we have to go back and revisit our training and develop them before Japan.

“Obviously when you are preparing for an international competition you have the convenience of space, time and having a good pitch to train on is very important to us.

“Brisbane was busy, we were on quarantine up on the Sunshine Coast so we didn’t see much of the coast either.

“In the last two weeks, we’ve places that we haven’t seen a lot, so hopeful we will see a lot more of Townsville when we are here.


Go for win

“I’m looking for a win, when you get to this level. It is how you treat the competition and how to change players around and I’d think about different performances.”

Baber said it’s important that they get into winning habits.

“So the intention is always to win now there are other teams that will want to do the same.

“The intentions around the team is that we perform to get wins.

“We know that the mark we are going for to establish that.

“We are on the right pathway heading into the Olympics in Japan.

“As a coach not everything goes your way there will be some challenges.

“It’s ultimate to see some resilience in the group that comes about.”



“It’s a huge part so I have to look across the squad and see those who had done well across the series and those international competition.

“We’ve got some experienced players and we are blessed in Fiji.

“We have good numbers playing the game at very high competitive level and the players in that 18 have done the hardwork.

“Some of them I’ve known have been playing in Fiji for the past two to three seasons and they get their opportunities faster than they thought playing in an international competition.

“They have shown the behaviour of what we want in a group, the tactical and technical abilities to play at this level as well.

“What you’ll see is that when they rub shoulders with experience players they are ready to take that step and that is what you want to see from these young players.”



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