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No Pressure

There’s no pressure heading into this weekend’s HSBC Vancouver Sevens, says Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Ben Gollings. The former England 7s captain said yester­day that the players would have to lift their performance to meet the expectations of the fans back home. The Fijians face USA, Kenya, and England on Saturday.
14 Apr 2022 10:18
No Pressure
From left: Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps Filipo Bukayaro and Waisea Nacuqu outside the Caccus Club cafe in Vancouver, Canada, on April 13, 2022 . Photo: Supplied

There’s no pressure heading into this weekend’s HSBC Vancouver Sevens, says Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Ben Gollings.

The former England 7s captain said yester­day that the players would have to lift their performance to meet the expectations of the fans back home. The Fijians face USA, Kenya, and England on Saturday.

In an interview with FRU Media, Gollings said his side have shifted their focus to this weekend’s assignment.

“We know there is pressure but our focus is not on pressure but on our performance as a team,” Gollings said.

“The boys have shifted their focus to this weekend’s mission and that is to perform well,” he said.

“Whenever you go into a tournament representing Fiji, there’s an expectation it doesn’t matter where you are it’s always that air of pressure.

“As per last weekend, we handled it as a squad. We discussed it through to focus on our game. It is something that the players love doing.

“They love to play this game than what better place to show their skills than play in this kind of international tournaments.

“We have to be fresh and ready for what these big teams will bring this weekend be­cause they will want to beat us. Singapore was fantastic but looking ahead to Vancou­ver, BC Place is a very special venue to play rugby.”

Gollings added that the pressure would ex­cite and mould the players to perform well. “With all these pressure, there is excite­ment amongst the players that they want to go out and back up that performance,” he said.

“We have a good side and must have the ability to be consistent; to carry on with the performance from Singapore. If we can re­main consistent from last weekend’s game there is no doubt we will play well in this tournament.”

Injury

“We currently have one injury which was sustained by Ioane Teba in the first game.

“We monitored him through the tourna­ment and decided that he rests him so we don’t create any further damage and give him a chance to play this weekend,” Goll­ings said.

“At the moment he is tracking well; we will be making the final decision with the squad over the next few days.”



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