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Fijiana 7s Focused On World Cup Win

An Olympic Games bronze medal and a Commonwealth Games silver medal are platforms the Fijiana 7s team has set their preparations for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, to be staged in Cape Town, South Africa, on September 9-11.
16 Aug 2022 12:08
Fijiana 7s Focused On World Cup Win
Fijiana 7s forward Vani Buleki during training at the Pacific Theological College in Suva on August 10,2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

An Olympic Games bronze medal and a Commonwealth Games sil­ver medal are platforms the Fiji­ana 7s team has set their preparations for the Rugby World Cup Sevens,to be staged in Cape Town, South Africa, on September 9-11.

Head coach Saiasi Fuli said they have set their sights on a gold medal finish at the World Cup.

Speaking to SUNsports, Fuli said the positive results from the Olympic and Commonwealth Games would carry them through.

“It’s very important to set the directions straight. We have to unify the team by set­ting our goals. That is to go and win the Rugby world cup Sevens, it’s possible,” he said.

“We have to carry that positive platform into our world cup preparations phase before we head into the rugby world cup sevens,” he said.

“We have also looked into the Common­wealth Games clips, we’ve done all the individual reviews, team reviews and we have prioritised our work ons for the world cup.

 

“Number one is the restart, we have to be consistent, very smart and we have to execute the restart, we have to chase and reset on a consistent basis.

“The other area we are working on is how well we manage the game, how well we start the game and how we manage it right through to the final whistle.

“Sometimes we lose control of the game, we just need to play smart, be composed execute with what we want to achieve and finish strong in the game.”

 

Composed

Fuli added his side would have to stay composed during a big game.

“One thing we found during that final was the emotions, you need to control the emotions you need to stay composed,” he said.

“It was a blast and a blitz start from the Australians in the first three minutes of that final and we were stunned but it was a learning experience for us.

“We did that to them during the pool game and they had to chase the game right through.

“They did the same in the final, rugby is like that so we have to be smart and con­trol our emotions.”

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