20 September, 2014, 12:00 am
ONLY three players are left to complete the 12-member Vodafone Fiji 7s side to the Gold Coast tournament next month.
Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan says he has nine players already in his mind for the Australian HSBC Sevens World Series tournament with only three spots remaining.
Ryan will announce his 12-member team on Monday.
Season campaigner Osea Kolinisau is likely to skipper the side again. Other players such as Emosi Mulevoro, Semi Kunatani, Apisai Domolailai, Apisalome Waqatabu, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Savenaca Rawaca, Isikeli Vuruna and Isake Katonibau all impressed for Fiji White.
Fleet-footed Jerry Tuwai was in top form providing the competition for the playmaker’s position.
Jasa Veremalua, Nasoni Roko, Viliame Mata, Waisea Nacuqu and Vatemo Ravovou were in top gear for Fiji Black.
Ryan said the Pacific Energy Ovalau 7s tournament had helped his selection.
“It’s been a good run out for both teams, hot day and the ground was very hard, so physically that has taken its toll on the boys,” he said.
” They have played pretty well. Always there are things to pick up in every game and I’m glad there’s been progress made today (yesterday).”
Ryan said there were players who re-enforced their performance.
“There’s good competition, what made it really good was we got players who can play in number of positions.
“The headache has been eased a little bit because I’ve had about nine players in my mind for Gold Coast.”
Veteran Setefano Cakau injured himself after the first opening game yesterday while Pio Tuwai’s fate will be determined on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Fiji White side plays Saint John One in the first cup quarter-final at 9.30am at Nasau Park.
In other quarter-finals, defending champions Wardens Gold takes on Tauranga rugby club, Yasawa Stingers battles Waqavuka One and Fiji Black faces a tough battle with Yamacia.
The winner of the tournament pockets $3000.