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Players enjoy risk

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, February 07, 2013

FIJI Rugby Union coaching director Franck Boivert believes Fijian players enjoy pressure defence and perform them efficiently to their speed.

Boivert told Times Sport that the Digicel Fiji sevens team should continue to use the pressure defence at the upcoming HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas. Despite the fact that pressure defence which is rush defence is risky at times, he believes it suits the speed and natural talent of Fijian players.

"Pressure defence is when we apply a maximum of pressure on the attackers in order to leave them no room to manoeuver and run at you," he said.

"It also helps the tackling as it is easier to tackle moving forward than standing still or going backward. It is quite demanding physically and needs to be done as a team not as individuals.

"It is in fact a little risky to do all the time, but this is what I suggest to the coaches to put in place, in order to get the momentum back in the team."

With time running against the team management prior to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Russia, the former France University rugby league flyhalf said Fiji needed to master the techniques of one on one defence.


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