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Pacific battle

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, May 04, 2013

THE Digicel Fiji sevens side is in a three-way battle for its desired second place finish in the 2012/13 HSBC International Rugby Board Sevens World Series.

South Africa and Samoa are the other teams in contention with 100 and 94 points, respectively. Fiji is third in the series with 98 points.

With the final leg to kick off in Glasgow, Scotland, tonight, the battle for second place in the series is dubbed the major attraction in the Scotland and London 7s tournaments.

Fiji 7s skipper Setefano Cakau said despite falling short of their top place finish, they were determined to maintain their standing from the previous series.

He said the second place finish would be a boost for the side as it starts its build-up for the Rugby World Cup 7s in June this weekend.

"For us our main target is to be first, it didn't happen so we want to be second. Samoa has done well and wants it too but for us we will work hard to reach it as we were second last year," Cakau told irb.com.

"We are third at the moment, so we will have to work hard to reach second over the next two tournaments."

South Africa skipper Frankie Horne said they were 'hounded' by the Pacific Islanders and needed to put up a strong fight in order to maintain its rankings.

"The circuit is a beast of its own, it is one of the most challenging seasons this far. Five different winners from the first five tournaments is uncommon for a season," Horne said.

Samoa, with the return of pacemen Tom Iosefo and Mikaele Pesamino, looks to turn on the gas in the second place finish race.





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