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7s pressure

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, February 07, 2013

THE Fiji sevens team is working overtime to try and cope with all the pressures as it gears up to the fifth tournament of the 2012/2013 HSBC Sevens World Series in Las Vegas this weekend.

The Digicel national sevens team has also tightened its control of the media during preparations this week so the team could focus on the huge task that awaits them on US soil.

When contacted yesterday, Fiji team's media liason officer Matt Biddell told Times Sport that the team would not take any interviews. However, they directed all questions back home to FRU media officer Talei Mow who would forward all questions to the team management before answers are returned to the media.

Times Sport was still awaiting for answers from the team when this edition went to press.

National sevens selector Sailosi Naiteqe yesterday urged the team to work extra hard and improve on the basics.

"I believe the team can bounce back this weekend if they improve on all the weak areas from Wellington last week. They just need to improve on the basics, tighten their defence and try to convert all possessions into points, just utilise the possessions well," he said.

The Samurai Barracudas sevens coach said playmaker Joji Ragamate should not be pressured to make all the moves in Fiji's attacks. He urged the other players to create something out of nothing.

"The players should believe in themselves and do not rely on Joji (Ragamate) alone to create the opportunities for them. They are best and they should try something from nothing. They should remember that this is professional and international 7s, it is not club level," Naiteqe said.

Fiji takes on England in its opening Pool A at 12noon on Saturday.

Fiji plays Scotland in its second game at 3.19pm on Saturday before playing Portugal in the final pool match.

Fiji now trails New Zealand, Kenya and Samoa in the International Rugby Board points table.

New Zealand leads with 77 points, Kenya is second with 56, Samoa 54 and Fiji 51.