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Cama's advice

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, February 14, 2013

TOMASI Cama Jr says the Digicel Fiji Sevens management needs to maintain the same team and build on it to attain better results in the near future.

Responding to Fiji's performance in the last leg of the series in Wellington and Las Vegas, the New Zealand 7s star playmaker said the national side had players who knew the "game inside out".

"I think they just need to keep the same team, work on combination and game plan that suit the players in the team," the 32-year-old Fiji-born player said.

"And they just need to be consistence on their performance as players and as a team."

Critics hit the Timoci Wainiqolo-led team hard following the disappointing performance in the Wellington 7s where we played in the Bowl competition for the first time in the history of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series, a fortnight ago.

The Setefano Cakau-skippered side bounced back a week later in Las Vegas to finish fourth in the tournament.

Critics are calling for change in the team and head coach Alifereti Dere had indicated some changes would be made for the next leg in Hong Kong and Japan at the end of March.

However, Dere maintains the changes will be done within the 21-member squad which the nine national 7s selectors picked late last year.

Following the performance in Wellington and Las Vegas 7s tournaments, Fiji has slipped to fourth place in the 2012/13 HSBC IRB 7s series rankings with 66 points.

The All Blacks 7s maintains its lead on 96 points followed by South Africa on 73 and Samoa on 71.

Meanwhile, Cama Jr said he would cherish his role as the All Blacks 7s skipper for the rest of his life.

Cama Jr took over the captaincy role after injuries to DJ Forbes and fellow Fijian Lote Raikabula.

"It was an honour to lead the team. Never ever dreamt or saw that coming to captain the All Blacks 7s team," he said.

"I just told the players from day one that we might have lost some key players and we might lack a bit of experience but we just have to make it up by working hard for each other out there on the field and the boys stepped up to the occasion.

"Even though we hate losing, it was a learning experience for all of us, we learnt a lot individually and as a team."

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