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More 7s freedom

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, December 12, 2013

FIJI 7s captain Osea Kolinisau believes Ben Ryan's approach of giving the players more freedom has proved to be the vital factor in the team's recent performance.

Kolinisau said Ben had brought in many new ideas.

He said winning the Dubai 7s for the first time in the World Sevens Series was an awesome experience.

"I'm very happy to be the first Fiji captain to win the Dubai 7s title in the World Seven Series after so many years," Kolinisau said.

"Ben told us to go out and enjoy ourselves. Just play the Fijian style by spreading the ball around.

"We had a good start against New Zealand and hit good form. It was a relief to finally win in Dubai.

"The huge burden has been taken off. I'm thankful to be part of this group of capable players.

"Even if somebody else would have been captain Fiji still would have won in Dubai."

Fiji's next assignment on the HSBC Sevens World Series is in Las Vegas in February 1-2 and Wellington a week later.

The side faces series leaders New Zealand, Australia and Scotland in the US tournament.

Gordon Tietjens-coached NZ has 58 points on the series, two ahead of South Africa and a 10-point lead over Fiji.