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Win Is On The Fijianas’ Minds

Remember how the Fijiana 7s side shocked the rugby world during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, be ready to see them blitz in South Africa.
06 Sep 2022 13:45
Win Is On The Fijianas’ Minds
Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s halfback Reapi Ulunisau takes a selfie with her team-mates Sesenieli Donu (left), Viniana Riwai, Vasiti Solikoviti, Ana Naimasi and Aloesi Nakoci during the France Sevens in Toulouse on May 22, 2022.. Photo: World Rugby.

Remember how the Fijiana 7s side shocked the rugby world during the 2020 To­kyo Olympic Games, be ready to see them blitz in South Africa.

Their recent performance in beating Australia in the pool game at the Commonwealth Games has boosted their moral be go a notch higher this weekend.

Fijiana national sevens coach Saiasi Fuli has prepared a fit and well-drilled side that had turned up for nothing less than a podium finish.

While this is the second time the Fijianas are taking part in the World Cup Sevens tournament it is Fuli’s first outing.

He definitely has a few tricks up his sleeve for the Fijianas to once again grace the podium once the dust settles on Sunday at the Cape Town Stadium.

The 2022 World Cup comprises of 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams; it is played over three days in one venue starting Friday (September 9) and finals on Sunday (Septem­ber 11) at the Cape Town Stadium in South Africa.

It is the first ever Rugby World Cup Sevens to be held in Africa.

After being runnerS-up to Aus­tralia at the Commonwealth, the Fijianas have deservedly rested and prepared well.

Their Olympic Games bronze medal and Commonwealth Games silver medal have laid solid plat­form for them as they head for Cape Town.

In an interview with SUNsports Fuli after the Commonwealth Games confirmed that the Fijianas were fit and ready for the South Af­rica assignment.

“After the Commonwealth Games we had a few days off before re­suming training,” Fuli said.

“One month and a few days was enough to get the recoveries done.

“With the recoveries done we also worked hard on getting our fitness level on track.

“Nakoci is back and she’s been playing the past five weeks, she did her rehab and now she is fully fit.

“We had three weeks together, she is fit and has recovered – she caught the plane with us for Cape Town.

Challenge

Fuli is confident that the Fijians can repeat or lift their perfor­mance going for gold this week­end.

“Their ruthless defensive effort, speed attacking and support play are key to their game plan.

“It’s time for they come out of their shells and put on a good per­formance to stamp their mark in the sevens world.”

Led by captain, Rusila Nagasau the Fijiana 7s side have one mis­sion and that is to win.

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