THE Digicel Fiji 7s team has to compete well in the aerial battle if it wants to get through pool play of the Gold Coast 7s tournament in Australia this weekend.
Head coach Ben Ryan said Wales, Canada and Portugal were strong in an area Fiji was weak in — in the air.
He said the three sides, pooled with Fiji, have been contesting well in the air.
Ryan said the skills and talent Fijians possessed would be of no use if they did not win possession.
"Canada, Portugal and Wales are very similar, good aerially, and they've got big tall guys. Their kick-offs can pose problems and they can look after the ball well," Ryan said.
"They don't do well as Samoa but they can go side to side as well to keep the ball."
The Samoans exposed Fiji's weakness at kick-offs in the Oceania 7s final at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. They deprived the national side of possession and eventually won 31-17.
Ryan said while concentrating on the weaknesses of the opponents was necessary, improving on their own mistakes was more important.
"We both (Ryan and Alivereti Dere) have been telling the boys 'let's talk more about us and what we can control'.
"As coaches, we can tell them one or two things about the opposition but if we get our house in order and players as well as they can and play with the smile on their face, I'm sure they will give their best this weekend."
The Manueli Laqai-skippered Fiji will play Canada in its opening pool match at 1.58pm this Saturday followed by Portugal at 5.14pm and Wales at 9.24pm.
Fiji has won the Gold Coast 7s title for the past two successive years.
Ulaiasi Lawavou, Manueli Lagai (capt), Jiuta Takubu, Samuela Saqiwa, Sakiusa Nadruku, Waisea Nacuqu, Vucago Bainitabua, Ilai Tinai, Donasio Ratubuli, Benito Masilevu, Samisoni Viriviri, Osea Kolinisau.