12 April, 2018, 12:00 am
FIJI Airways Fiji 7s captain Jerry Tuwai is down with flu ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games which will be played at Robina Stadium this weekend in Gold Coast, Australia.
The Gareth Baber-coached side yesterday had a training run at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in Carrara where the team had lunch followed by rest and then a training session in the afternoon without their captain.
Baber said he was keeping all his hopes alive to have Tuwai back in the team in time for the competition.
“Jerry is down with flu,” Baber said.
“We want him to get better and obviously he is our captain, but if need be then we will make changes in the team.
“The players in the team are ready to go.”
Baber says the team is in the development process and they have been learning a lot of things along the way with the other teams who are competitive in the 7s competitions.
“We finished on top at the Hong Kong 7s and we know we have a tournament later and we have another competition at the Commonwealth Games this weekend,” he said.
“There were bit of restlessness when you get pressurised in the games; how do you go through it and how you see the game. We were behind against South Africa in Hong Kong 7s and we collected ourselves and executed the plan well.
“We want to become a very difficult side to beat in the competitions.”
Baber said it was important for the players to fully recover for the tough competitions as all the other top teams would try to come out on top.
“The second week of a tournament is always with less training and we are getting players to recover and getting over the fatigue.
“We also get the players in the mental space to produce again and I know the other teams will have their own methodology.”
Fiji plays Sri Lanka on Saturday at 1.21pm before taking on Uganda at 7.53pm on the same day. Fiji then plays Wales in the final pool match at 11.33pm.