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7s target

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

THE Digicel Fiji 7s team has set its sights on finishing second in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

With New Zealand holding an unassailable lead in the competition, Alivereti Dere's men will be out to conquer the Scotland and London tournaments in a bid to move up the final standings.

New Zealand has 132 points followed by South Africa on 100 points and Fiji on 98 points.

Dere said the inclusion of Setefano Cakau would provide the much needed thrust in the forwards.

He said they wanted to emulate the last series by retaining the second spot.

"The concentration will be to get the set pieces right to achieve our goal," the former national rep said.

"Our target is to finish in the second position because we were second in the last series. We will have to perform to get there."

Fiji is in a tough group for the Scotland 7s this weekend.

The side is pooled with Australia, Argentina and Spain.

Dere said the travelling team was injury free.

"We left out the injured players like Osea Kolinisau and Lepani Botia. The aim of the final leg is to play consistently so we can build a platform for the Rugby World Cup 7s.

"We are in a strong pool in Scotland with Australia who beat us in Japan.

"Argentina plays constructive 7s. They have always given us a hard time.

"We have a good forward pack with Cakau adding more speed. That was one of the areas that we were lacking in the last leg.

"After this leg we will sit down and plan for the RWC 7s."

Fiji will face Spain at 9.52pm on Saturday. The second game is against Argentina at 12.58am on Sunday followed by the final pool match against Australia at 5.15am.

Fiji: Ulaiasi Lawavou, Setefano Cakaunivalu (C), Nemani Nagusa, Sakiusa Gavidi, Vilitati Sokiveta, Joji Ragamate, Samisoni Nasagavesi, Jasa Veremalua, Leone Nakarawa, Emosi Mulevoro, Donasio Ratubuli, Benito Masilevu.





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