INTERNATIONAL Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series points leaders New Zealand wants to keep the momentum going when they host the opening tournament of the third leg in Wellington in February next year.
However, Fiji-born All Blacks 7s star player Tomasi Cama Jr believes they face a torrid test on their own turf in maintaining the lead on the points table.
And the son of former Fiji 7s coach and skipper Tomasi Cama Sr believes Fiji will be one of their toughest opponents at the Wellington 7s to be held on February 1 and 2.
The Alifereti Dere-coached Digicel Fiji, which started the series on a high after the Gold Coast 7s win, withered with unexpected exits in the Dubai and South Africa 7s in the last leg.
The losses put Fiji in the third spot with 44 series points while the Gordon Tietjens-coached NZ leads the race with 60 points. France is second with 46 points.
"We always expect Fiji to be a different and better team and they always play well here in New Zealand," Cama Jr told Times Sport.
"But we're looking forward to the challenge to try and maintain or extend the lead on the points table and it's all about being consistent I guess."
Cama Jr said it was important for them to start well in the 2012/13 IRB series to win their 11th IRB 7s title.
He hailed the performance of the minnow teams in giving the elite sides a good run for their money in the series.
"To be up there on the points table is very pleasing to see but it's just the start and we have to back our performance from the first three tournaments going into the Wellington 7s," the 32-year-old Cama Jr said.
"Other teams will try to knock us out in our home tournament.
"The series is getting tougher and tougher as other teams are getting better. It's not the usual teams that used to dominate (wins), which is good to see."
NZ defended their Wellington 7s in the 2011/12 IRB series earlier this year beating Fiji 24-7 in the final.
Pool A New Zealand, USA, England, Spain
Pool B France, Argentina, Kenya, Tonga
Pool C South Africa, Wales, Samoa, Canada
Pool D Portugal, Fiji, Australia, Scotland