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Not 'one-off'

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

DIGICEL Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan hopes to build on to the performance of the team from the Dubai 7s tournament.

Fiji won its first Dubai 7s title in the United Arab Emirates after an impressive display of skills over the weekend.

Ryan said it was a team effort and they would be working on maintaining the rhythm the players had set in Dubai.

"We had a few areas we wanted to concentrate on and a game plan too. Our defence is much improved and will improve further," the former England 7s mentor said.

"This was a team effort and will continue to be all season. We should focus on the strength of the team."

Ryan said the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s would be a "massive challenge" for the team this weekend in South Africa.

He said the side would do its best to ensure the Dubai 7s performance was not "one off".

"All our competitors run full time programs with full time players and it's not going to be until we start to become more full time that we get consistent results," Ryan added.

"Very tough opening game against Australia who are playing very well. France and Scotland also excellent so a tough pool awaits us."

The Osea Kolinisau-skippered side will take on Australia in its opening pool match at 11.28pm on Saturday followed by France at 2.34am and Scotland at 6.14am on Sunday.

Fiji 7s: Samu Saqiwa, Osea Kolinisau (C), Samisoni Viriviri, Benito Masilevu, Waisea Nacuqu, Semi Kunatani, Pio Tuwai, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Leo Naikasau, Jonah Tuitoga, Mosese Mawalu.