RENE Munch's Uprising sevens team used the Northland 7s tournament yesterday to prepare for next week's Uprising Fiji International 7s tournament.
The side, which won the plate final beating Veivota 24-0, had a perfect build-up before the Uprising 7s at Churchill Park in Lautoka.
Team coach Munch said despite the muddy condition at Gatward Park in Korovou, the team managed to work on its combination and other areas of concern.
"The team did well throughout the tournament and we didn't concede any points but only in the quarter-final loss where our players were mistaken by the siren while the opponent continued playing to score the only try in the game," he said.
Munch said he used the Northland 7s to perfect the combination and defence structure in the team. He said this was their first game together and players performed well to play as a unit.
Munch also used France-based and former Fiji 7s reps Metuisela Talebula and Avenisi Vasuinubu yesterday and was impressed with their performance. "But they (Talebula and Vasuinubu) were unable to display the best of their skills because of the ground condition," he said.
"I used them at each half of every game and mostly gave my younger players some game-time."
Munch said the presence of other teams that would feature in the Uprising 7s provided them with an opportunity to gauge their performance and prepare well for the tournament. He said some of their players were carrying niggling injuries but should be fit before the Uprising 7s on Friday.