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Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

THE Digicel Fiji sevens team is working on its lineouts and kicking game ahead of the Dubai 7s tournament this weekend.

The national side left our shores last week in a bid to have more time to acclimatise to the conditions in Dubai as they look to break the 13-year jinx this weekend.

Coach Alivereti Dere said the team was focused on the task at hand and working on finetuning their combination before their opening match on Friday.

The former Fiji 7s skipper said the team had settled in well and hoped to have some scrimmaging sessions to work on their set piece play.

"It's important to have scrimmaging sessions with other teams because it helps us to perfect our combination," Dere told Times Sports from the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai yesterday.

"Right now the focus is on tightening up the defence but we are also working on other areas like the lineouts.

"We also had a session where we focused on the kicking game because it's important to be good at that in crucial tournaments like Dubai 7s."

Team manager Semi Rogoyawa confirmed a scrimmaging session with England tomorrow.

Rogoyawa said the team had classroom session last week Friday which icluded reminding the players on the importance of the Dubai 7s tournament.

"That's where we emphasised on the Fiji Rugby Union's vision, code of conduct, team vision, team mission, team values, team aim and personal aim to the players," he said.

Rogoyawa said the players worked on their individual strength in the hotel gym followed by a medical checkup, a sightseeing tour of the city and a blowout session over the weekend.

He said the team also met up with Fiji's ambassador to Dubai, His Excellency Robin Nair on Sunday after the church service.

"We had the privilege of being visited by Fijian families that currently work and reside in Dubai," he said.

"The team is injury-free and morale is high in camp with the boys looking forward to the tournament this weekend."

Rogoyawa also said the weather was in their favour with temperatures nearing 26 degrees during the day.

Fiji, which leads the series on 22 points, plays its opening match against Spain at 6.50pm followed by Scotland game at 10.36pm.

The Setefano Cakau-skippered Fiji will face Mike Friday-coached Kenya in its final pool match at 3.58 on Saturday morning.

Team: Forwards - Setefano Cakau, Levani Botia, Inia Tukere, Gasaudua Tube, Vilitati Nadianilobo, Peni Maka. Backs - Ilai Tinai, Sikeli Vuruna, Joji Raqamate, Maleli Bula, John Stewart, Peni Vaciloa.

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