NZ turns focus to Gold Coast
13 March, 2018, 12:00 am
NEW Zealand assistant coach Tomasi Cama said the team had now turned its focus on the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast next month.
With their recent performance in the USA and Vancouver 7s, Cama says they need to come up with a good game plan.
“At this stage the preparation has been good and the players have performed to our expectations,” he said.
“We’re trying new stuff, things that we need to use in the Commonwealth Games.
“We had tried out some last week at the USA 7s and now Canada, we need to get new techniques to be used differently compared with our 7s games.
“Obviously they are things that we need to change as we monitor our players and give them opportunity to prove themselves and to put their hands up for selection.”
Cama spoke about the performance of the three Fijian players in the NZ squad.
“The good thing about the Fijian boys is they understand the game and we’re trying to find a balance where we can fit the Fijian boys’ flair along with the NZ players.
“To have a good mixture with New Zealand boys and as I’ve said players like Vilimoni Koroi’s understanding of the game inside out at a very young age is very good and Jo Ravouvou gave us something different with his speed and strength and Luke Masirewa is sort of in between those two. He understands the game and he can give something to the forwards.
“For Masirewa he mixes his game up whether he can play off-load or being direct but as much as we want to see more Fijian boys in the NZ team we have to get the balance right on what is needed for the best of the team.
“That is something that we’ve taken into account and that is why those three are probably in the team.
New Zealand made it through to the quarter-final to play against USA but unfortunately they went down 24-19 closely followed by defeat to England in the play-offs to claim fifth spot.