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Fiji sets target on winning 7s series

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, December 16, 2013

THE Fiji 7s team has set its sights on winning the 2013-2014 HSBC Sevens World Series.

The national 7s team is ranked third in the competition behind leader New Zealand and South Africa. Fiji has 48 points with South Africa on 56 points and New Zealand on 58 points.

Fiji 7s team manager Ropate Kauvesi said it was the first time for many players in the team to win a tournament at the Dubai 7s this year upon their arrival last week.

He said they had a mixture of youth and experience in the extended training squad.

"For most of them it was the first time to win a tournament in Dubai," Kauvesi said.

"There are bigger things in front of us. We slept in the quarter-final of the South Africa 7s. The anticipation was New Zealand whom we were going to meet in the semi-finals.

"That was our shortfall. But then we came back against Kenya in the Bowl competition," Kauvesi said.

Kauvesi also said they had a bigger target in the series.

"Going forward we don't want to only win tournaments but to win the series," he said.

"That is our target and the players are aware of that.

"The glitch against Samoa was a blessing in disguise for the boys. Because they know where they were at Dubai and then where they stood at in South Africa.

"It is the hard work and attitude brought on to the field that will make the difference. We have faith in the boys to do the job."

The HSBC World Series will move to United States from January 24-26.

Fiji won the 2005-2006 Sevens World Series under the guidance of coach Waisale Serevi.