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7s mission is to win title

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

DIGICEL Fiji 7s team manager Semi Rogoyawa says the players have been challenged to win either the Hong Kong or the Japan 7s tournament in a bid to regain the top placing in the HSBC Seven World Series.

The national side departed for Hong Kong yesterday seemingly confident of a good outing.

While coach Alifereti Dere and team captain Setefano Cakau offered not to give interviews to the media, the players looked in a jovial mood taking time out to bid farewell to their friends and family members.

Rogoyawa said the boys were focused.

He said there was no pressure on the team.

"This is an important leg," Rogoyawa said.

"We are second on the points table and need to win the tournament or at least reach the final. The boys have been told to work hard."

"The morale in camp is high. Everybody is looking forward to the trip. Hong Kong is totally a different tournament. We are well prepared to tackle all the challengers that will come our way.

"The boys had been camping for three weeks.

"They participated in two big local tournaments. We are ready."

Fiji has drawn a tough pool for the Hong Kong 7s with France, Australia and Scotland.

The national side last won the Hong Kong 7s title in 2009.

That team was coached by Iliesa Tanivula.

"The training program is set for Hong Kong," Rogoyawa said.

"The players will have a rest period tomorrow morning (today) and then there will be a training session in the afternoon.

"On Wednesday we will have one training session.

"On Thursday we will have a rest day before the tournament proper kicks off on Friday."

"Once we arrive in Hong Kong we will try and negotiate with the teams there for scrimmaging sessions.

"There is no pressure on the team. All the pools in the Hong Kong tournament are tough.

"We will treat every game as the final."

"For the fans we need your support and prayers.

"The boys want to make the nation proud.

"The combinations were tested in the two local tournaments.

The new boys have blended well and will lift themselves in Hong Kong and Japan."

The national side trails New Zealand on the HSBC SWS points table.

New Zealand has 92 points followed by Fiji on 87, South Africa on 76, England on 74 and Samoa on 69.

Fiji's first pool game will be against Scotland at 9.06pm on Friday.


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