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7s report to Dere

Zanzeer Singh
Friday, February 15, 2013

DIGICEL Fiji 7s coach Alifereti Dere will wait for the report from the team management of the Wellington and Las Vegas leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series before deciding on the plan for the next two tournaments.

According to Dere, the national team's performance in Wellington had concerned everyone.

He said they would hold a debriefing session to ascertain what went wrong in New Zealand.

The former national rep identified tackling as a major drawback.

"The players did not perform to their capabilities in Wellington and we will get a better view of what went wrong in Wellington when we will have our debriefing session," Dere said.

"The concern is the performance in Wellington. We were not moving up in defence and shutting down the spaces. Those areas let us down."

Dere did not travel with the team to Wellington because of visa restrictions placed by the New Zealand government on military personnel.

According to Dere there was no lack of game time in their preparations.

"All the players participated in the Uprising Fiji International 7s and they performed well."

"I don't think that lack of game time is an issue. We have mentioned before that we will keep the 21 players. We will work on the players to go to Hong Kong and Japan and right to the Rugby World Cup Sevens," Dere said.

"There will be no major changes. We will check on the injuries and have a look at the suspensions.

"If the suspended players qualify for the next leg then they will most probably be considered."

Skipper Setefano Cakau and forward Manueli Laqai were suspended for dangerous play by the International Rugby Board following the opening day's play in the Las Vegas 7s last week.

Dere said the tournaments in the HSBC SWS were getting tougher.

He said they needed to focus on their weak areas.

"We can see that the tournaments are getting tougher," Dere said.

"From the first games we will have to pull up our socks. For those reasons we have to sit and look at our weaknesses and work on it."

"Everyone is disappointed with the results in Wellington. In Las Vegas the performance was better so we will try and maintain that performance in the fourth leg."

The Hong Kong 7s will be played from March 22-24.

It will be followed by the Japan 7s from March 30-31.


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