New target

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber talks to his players after their match at the Sydney 7s tournament at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Picture: FT FILE

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber has shifted his focus on to the remaining tournaments of the 2017/2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London and Paris plus the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco. Baber and the team are back in camp at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour in preparations for the three tournaments.

“My focus is to get the players physique up and focus on the task ahead of us which is the London and Paris 7s and the Sevens World Cup,” Baber said.

“We have achieved a lot in winning four tournaments and for that I am grateful to the boys, but it isn’t over yet. We have the Sevens World Cup and the series title in our target. “The boys know what they are capable of and my job is to set them on the right path, lead them where they should go.”

Baber also added his players are the main weapon.

“I want my players to move their performance one level up and keep the tempo on every match they play. “Every player has individual skill that differentiates one from another. They are gifted players and I am proud to be coaching this group of boys. “If we want to win, we will have to make use of the time given in all our matches that we play. “Score as many tries so that we can avoid making last-minute tries that always keeps us on the edge of our seats, but that is why Fijian players are different. They always save the best for the last minute.”

In last year’s London 7S, Fiji was bundled out in the pool stages. Fiji went down to Canada 19-22 but regrouped and defeated Japan 61- 5 and unfortunately they were beaten by New Zealand 27-21. Fiji leads the series with 145 points, followed by South Africa on 141, New Zealand third on 120 and Australia fourth on 108