Analysis

Test For Our 3 Fast Men

Head coach Gareth Baber to decide on who’ll go to Tokyo
25 Jun 2021 09:25
Test For Our 3 Fast Men
Rising star winger Jiuta Wainiqolo, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Alasio ‘Mr Nitro’ Naduva.

It’s time to test our speedsters in this weekend’s 2021 PacificAus Sports Oceania Sevens competition at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, Australia.

Our speed merchants of Aminiasi Tuimaba, Alasio Naduva and Jiuta Wainiqolo are hoping to light-up the stadium with their blistering speed and sublime finishing.

Heading into our first game against Australia on Friday, apart from Tuimaba, the other two wingers are hungry for game time as they look to gauge their speed against the fastest player in sevens rugby, Trae Williams.

As the sports clinche goes, there is no substitute for speed, be it for our Fijian 7s winger Naduva who will definitely be head coach Gareth Baber’s trumpcard heading into the tournament and most probably for the Olympic Games, as well.

 

Stats

According to Rugby Pass, Naduva is rated third among the world’s fastest sevens wingers.

Leading the charge, is Australia’s Williams when he recorded 10.01s in running the 100 metres. He is followed by United States of America’s Carlin Isles at 10.15s. Naduva and Ireland’s Jordan Conroy are at 10.3s with Perry Baker at 10.58s.

Naduva dubbed as ‘Mr Nitro’ has played 125 matches scoring 366 points with 72 tries. He has an average of scoring two tries per match in the HSBC World Sevens Series.

Naduva is no doubt the fastest winger in the Fijian 7s camp.

He’s also very experienced and has time and again won the game for us in the final minutes.

Baber will certainly keep Naduva on the bench and could use him as an X-factor coming in as a sub for either Wainiqolo or Tuimaba.

 

Let’s be realistic, a winger with pace, power, endurance and ability to play in several positions is vital and that is where Tuimaba has the edge.

He is well-known for his finishing abilities and has continued his try scoring form with his French club Pau.

Tuimaba has played 79 matches, scored 332 points, scored 66 tries. He even scored an impressive 20 tries in 25 games during the World Sevens Series.

He is a definite starter in Baber’s first line-up against Australia tomorrow, provided he gets an early release from quarantine.

 

Challenge

Now the challenge will be on Wainiqolo to lift his game if he wants to make the cut for the Olympic Games.

He has not featured in the World Sevens Series but has played for the Flying Fijians, Fijan Drua and Fiji Warriors.

Recently, he has signed up with top French club Toulon.

Like any other Fijian player, Wainiqolo is an entertaining, skilful, fast and powerful player.

He and Tuimaba played rugby league before they switched to union.

Wainiqolo will have to work twice as hard this weekend or create some magical moments to challenge Tuimaba and Naduva.

Unkown speedsters

Also, other fast men in the squad who are of unknown quality include rookie Sireli Maqala, lanky forwards Rusiate Nasove and Joseva Talacolo.

Let’s put all stats aside and urge our wingers to come out firing this weekend and blaze Townsville with pure speed and power.

Keeping in mind that this is the perfect platform for our boys to test their defensive pattern before the Olympic Games.

Feedbacksimione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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